MSC Aggie women’s and men’s basketball teams begin 2019 with pair of victories, losses
The Murray State College women’s and men’s basketball teams began 2019 with a pair of home victories against Western Oklahoma State College January 7, but suffered losses on the road to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College January 9.
The MSC women’s game against Western Oklahoma State College saw the Aggies fall behind early in the first quarter, but they were able to come from behind to take a 33-27 lead at halftime. Led in scoring by sophomores Aaliyah Endsley, Toni Greene, and Hannah Wade, the Aggies continued to maintain their lead in the second half of the game to win 68-63. Endsley led the team in scoring with 16 points, Greene scored 13 and Wade added an additional 11 points to help the Aggies win their second straight conference game.
In the men’s game versus Western Oklahoma State College, the Pioneers led the Aggies 32-24 at halftime thanks to the play of their 6’7”, Division I transfer Damien Sears who had 18 points and 10rebounds in the game. Murray State College rallied to pull ahead in the second half, ultimately winning the game 69-67. The Aggies were led in scoring by freshman Adam Nance with 18, followed by sophomore Lloyd Daniels with 17 and freshman Kyle Murray with 15 points. Freshman center Adam Gouro also came off the bench to add nine points and nine rebounds to help the Aggies defeat the Pioneers and remain undefeated in conference play.
Both Aggie teams then traveled to Miami, Oklahoma to take on Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College on January 9. The Aggie women’s team fell behind early in the game, and trailed the NEO Lady Norsemen 34-23 at halftime. Despite 15 points and six rebounds from MSC Sophomore Aaliyah Endsley and 10 points from Freshman Kes Reeves off the bench, the Aggies were unable to catch NEO in the second half, falling 68-55.
Later that evening, the MSC men faced a NEO Golden Norsemen team which was coming off a two-game winning streak before the holiday break. The Aggies started strong thanks to redshirt sophomore forward Derek Guest, who finished the game with 19 points, and freshman forward Karey McLeish, who scored 14 points and had five rebounds. NEO pulled ahead in the second half and maintained their lead late to win the game 81-67.
As a result of last week’s games, the Aggie women and men’s basketball teams move to 2-1 in NJCAA Region II. Next, both Aggie teams welcome conference rivals Seminole State College to Tishomingo on Monday, January 14 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.