Racers begin OVC title quest on Thursday

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Women’s basketball | 02/03/2022 22:44:00

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Date (time): March 3 (3:30 p.m.)

Opponent: SIUE

Location (Location): Evansville, Indiana (Ford Center)

Audio: WNBS 97.9 FM (PxP: Jeremy Rose)

TV: ESPN+ (PxP: Connor Onion, Analyst: Helen Williams)

Live statistics: GoRacers.com

In-game Twitter: @RacersWBB

MUR registration (serial): 21-8 (Won 1)

SIUE record (series): 13-17 (Won 3)

Last part WALL: W 86-54 southeast of Missouri (February 26, 2022; Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

Last game SIUE: W 86-84 vs. UT Martin (March 2, 2022; Evansville, Ind.)

All-time series against SIUE (Streak): Series tied 13-13 (Won 3) |

All-time streak at neutral sites (series): First meeting (—)

First meeting: W 83-75 (January 16, 1985; Murray, Ky.)

Last meeting: W 87-73 (February 5, 2022; Murray, Ky.)

Final five against SIUE: 4-1 (WWWLW)

next game: March 4 against #2 Tennessee Tech (3:30 p.m.)

The game
The No. 3 seeded Murray State Women’s Basketball Team begins its quest for the 2022 OVC Women’s Basketball Championship on Thursday by taking on the No. 7 seed SIUE at 3:30 p.m. at Ford Center in Evansville.

Series in brief
Thursday will be the 27th meeting between Murray State and SIUE with the series tied at 13 games apiece. The Racers have had a tear in the overall series lately, winning six of the last seven meetings, including both this season. Thursday will also mark the first time the two teams meet in the OVC tournament.

Scout the cougars
SIUE is coming off a thrilling 86-84 win Wednesday over UT Martin, 86-84, on two free throws from Mikayla Kinnard with two seconds left. Gabby Niktinaite led SIUE in the game with 24 points.

Nikitinaite currently leads SIUE with 14.2 points per game, while Mikayla Kinnard follows with 11.3. Allie Troeckler leads the Cougars on the boards with 5.9 rebounds per game, to go along with 10.0 points.

SIUE is currently averaging 69.1 points per game on 40.2% shooting with 35.7 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, the Cougars’ opponents are averaging 74.3 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting with 36.4 rebounds per game.

A win would be…
A win on Thursday would give Murray State its second trip to the OVC semifinals in as many seasons. Last year, the sixth-seeded Racers upset third-seeded Southeast Missouri. This season, the Racers will be the third seed in the tournament.

be the elite

Macey Turley accomplished one of the rarest feats in program history on Tuesday when she became the third runner in program history to earn All-OVC honors in each of her four years in blue and gold . She joins Sheila Smith and Michelle Wenning as the only three runners to do so.

Team goals
On Tuesday, the Racers placed a four-player program on both All-OVC playoff teams. Katelyn Young and Macey Turley were named to the first team, while Alexis Burpo and Hannah McKay were named to the second team.

queen maker
In just five years as a head coach, Rechelle Turner has now allowed players to earn a total of 12 All-OVC selections, setting a new program record in the process. Turner’s 12 picks, surpasses Eddie Fields’ previous record, achieved from 1993 to 2003. Additionally, with by Katelyn Young selection as Player of the Year, Turner now has two Players of the Year under her belt, the most of any coach in Racer history.

simply the best
After winning an OVC record eight Player of the Week awards during the season, Katleyn Young has taken her rightful place as the 2021-22 OVC Player of the Year. Young led the league in scoring and rebounding this year with 20.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She is the fifth player in MSU history to earn the OVC’s highest seasonal honor. The only other runners to claim the honor with Karen Hubert-Price in 1983-84, Joi Scott in 2006-07, Ashley N. Hayes in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and Ke’Shunnan James in 2017-18.

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