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Lady Aggies prepare for regional tournament after ending regular season with two losses

March 04, 2020

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The Murray State College Women’s Basketball Team hosted Northern Oklahoma College-Enid at Beames Fieldhouse Monday, February 24 in their final home game of the season. The Aggies came into the game with nine wins and five losses in regional play following a close overtime loss to Northern Oklahoma A&M February 20, snapping a MSC’s 10-game winning streak.

The Aggies took an early lead in the game, outscoring the Jets by five points at the end of the first quarter and leading 37-24 at halftime.  NOC-Enid bounced back in the second half, holding the Aggies to just 10 points in the first 15 minutes of the second half to take a three-point lead heading into the final quarter of play.

The Lady Jet’s surge was led by sophomore Hayden Freeman who hit five three pointers and freshman Tonijah Fortune who scored nine of her 12 points in the second half. The Aggies recovered in the final quarter, but were unable to overcome the deficit, falling to NOC-Enid 64 -70.

Murray State was led in scoring by sophomore Randaysha Hansen with 18 points. Freshmen Alaijah Stewart, Jillian Ingram, and Macy Smith all added 10 points and Madison Roberson led the Aggies with 11 rebounds.

In their final game of the regular season, the Lady Aggies traveled to Warner February 27 to take on Connors State College. After trailing by one point at the end of the first quarter, Murray State ended the half tied with Connors 34-34, following a three-point shot by sophomore Kes Reeves with one second left on the clock.  

With the Aggies leading by one point with less than four minutes remaining in the game, Connors State’s Lauren Wright made a three-point basket to put the Cowgirls on top 61-60. A three pointer by Stewart with 3:10 left in the game gave the Lady Aggies a 63-60 lead before Connors regained a one-point lead with 40 seconds left to play. Stiff defense and two late-blocked shots helped the Cowgirls survive to claim a 66-63 victory over Murray State. The Aggies were led in scoring by Stewart with 15 points, sophomore Andressa Nascimento with 12 while Smith added 10 points in the game.

The Aggies now head into the Region II Tournament at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee for a first-round match up versus Western Oklahoma State College at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 4