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Lady Govs basketball heating up win streak

After two dominating performances resulting in wins of more than 20 points each, the Lady Govs look to increase their win streak to three before hitting the road for five games.

The Lady Govs picked up their first win on the road against Morehead State 96-75 after suffering from a 10-game losing streak on the road.

The Lady Govs tore up the floor in the first quarter of play, going on a 22-9 run, hitting 8-13 shots for a 26-20 lead at the end of the quarter.

They continued to push and matched their first quarter performance leaving them with a 52-36 lead at the half.

Their lead wouldn’t fall below 14 points the rest of the game.

Senior Tiasha Gray put up a game-high 28 points along with a school-record tying 13 assists. Kelly Chavez also achieved the feat during the 2000-01 season against Eastern Illinois according to letsgopeay.com.

Sophomore Sydney Gooch picked up her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Beth Rates and sophomore Brianne Alexander followed, both hitting double digits.

Despite the Eagles coming into the contest as one of the nation’s top shot-blocking teams, they only came out with four block shots compared to eight by the Lady Govs.

The Eagles’ Eriel McKee and Brianna McQueen led their team with 17 points each but their team’s 33.3 percent shooting from the floor wasn’t enough to defeat Gray’s record-tying performance and a front court that came to dominate.

The Lady Govs defeated the Morehead State Eagles by 21 with a final score of 96-75.

After coming off a dominating performance against the Morehead State Eagles, the Lady Govs were determined to keep their momentum rolling with a winning performance against the Eastern Illinois Panthers.

Although Tiasha Gray led the team with 17 points, this didn’t stop four other players from achieving double digits or a total of 10 players from scoring during the 80-45 win against the Panthers.

Not only did 10 players score, but all 12 of the Lady Govs received playing time.

The Lady Govs took advantage of scoring droughts by the Panthers in the first and fourth quarters.

The Panthers made five turnovers in the first quarter followed by four more in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Govs took clear advantage of this, outscoring the Panthers 22-10 in the first and 31-11 in the fourth.

The Panthers were able to outscore the Lady Govs in the third quarter 17-15 but the damage was already done, with the Lady Govs leading 49-34 at the end of the third.

The Lady Govs dominated the fourth quarter where they continued to expand their lead.

The Panthers didn’t see a single point for seven minutes as the Lady Govs opened up the fourth quarter with a 25-6 run.

With a dominating performance by the entire Lady Govs team, the Lady Govs finished off the EIU Panthers by 35 with a final score of 80-45.

The Lady Govs look to increase their dominating win streak to three this week against Southern Illinois University on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the Dunn Center before hitting the road.

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