By JANNA SIMPKINS | Guest Writer
What’s better than a win over TSU? A win over Murray.
In the last two weekends the Lady Govs have done both. They are wrapping up January strong with two quality Ohio Valley Conference wins, first defeating Murray State in Murray, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 8, 71-55. Then, they followed up with a win over Tennessee State in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Jan. 15, 60-45.
The Lady Govs had lost four straight games before they played Murray State and had a slow start to the game. The Racers scored the first 12 points, making seven of nine field goals. At the 14:07 mark, the Lady Govs were behind 14-2.
However, a 3-pointer by freshman guard Nicole Olszewski ignited a 16-0 run by the Lady Govs. When it ended, they were ahead 26-17 with just over three minutes left in the first half.
From there, the Lady Govs maintained their lead through halftime and the rest of the game. The lead expanded to as much as 20 points.
Junior guard Whitney Hanley recorded her season’s second double-double, finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds. She also recorded three assists and two steals.
Freshman center Shyra Brown scored her first collegiate points against the Racers. She finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Olszewski scored a game-high 17 points. She also made five assists and four steals.
The Lady Govs ended their 6 game road trip by taking on the TSU Lady Tigers. For the second week in a row, it took a while for their offense to get rolling. The Lady Tigers built a six-point lead that dwindled down to only one point at halftime (24-25) after a steal and a layup by senior guard Darcie Warner.
The two teams tied 32-32 with 14:06 remaining in the game. Then the Lady Govs took over. They made a 19-3 run, from which the Lady Tigers would not recover.
Sophomore forward Meghan Bussabarger recorded her season’s first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Junior center Jasmine Rayner added 12 points and six rebounds. Olszewski contributed 11 points.
The two wins improve the Lady Govs record to 6-13, 5-2 OVC. They are currently ranked fifth in the conference. Next, they will return home for the first time this year and host two games.
First, Tennessee Tech comes to the Dunn Center Thursday, Jan. 20. Next, the Lady Govs will host Jacksonville State Saturday, Jan. 22.