Racers hold Panthers scoreless in overtime, claim first-place in OVC
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Feb 25, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MURRAY - In the second clash for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference between the Murray State women’s basketball team and Eastern Illinois, the Racers (18-7, 13-2 OVC) earned a thrilling 84-69 overtime victory over the Panthers (20-8, 13-3 OVC) at Lantz Arena. After EIU tied the game at the end of regulation, Murray State out-scored the Panthers 15-0 in the extra five-minute stanza to earn the win.

The Racers had four players in double-digits in points, while senior Ashley Hayes tallied her fourth-straight double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Amber Guffey trailed Hayes by just four points, earning 21 points (nine in overtime). Senior Angela Mullins and junior Mallory Luckett each added 11 and 10, respectively.

With 2:38 left in regulation Murray State was up by six points (69-63) before EIU made a late push to tie the game at 69 and force the extra stanza. In the final 2:15 of the half the Panthers went on a 6-0 run, including four key free-throws, to tie the game. However, their offensive out-put ended with the buzzer at the end of the second period.

Luckett sparked a 15-0 run in the first 30 seconds of the overtime period to propel the Racers into first-place in the OVC standings and snapped a 20-game home winning streak for EIU. Luckett tallied a triple from the corner with 4:31 remaining and then tallied the next two points for Murray State with 2:51 left on the clock.

“Honestly we did a good job defensively tonight, they [EIU] just hit shots tonight,” said head coach Rob Cross. “We made some changes in the second half and forced them to take longer shots and they started to miss.”
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