Senior Staff Writer

The Lady Govs earned two home victories in a row when they defeated Ohio Valley Conference rival Murray State, 69-59, Saturday, Feb. 5.

The Lady Govs came out hot and kept the Racers in their rear view mirror the entire first half. The Racers made some pushes, but were unable to make the final pass before the finish line.

“It was a game of runs. We made some good runs, Murray made some good runs; Murray is a tremendous team,” said head coach Carrie Daniels. “I don’t think their record at all shows the type of team that they are. You have got to give them a lot of credit.”

“We knew they weren’t going to go anywhere, they were going to give us a tough game and give us all we that can handle,” Daniels said.

That’s exactly what they did.

Five Lady Govs scored double-digit points. Junior guard Whitney Hanley led the team with 19 points and seven rebounds.

Junior center Jasmine Rayner and sophomore forward Meghan Bussabarger both scored 12 points. Seniors Dalila Thomas and Brooke Faulkner added 10 points each.

Mariah Robinson led the Racers with 17 points. Jessica Winfrey was one rebound away from a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds.

The Lady Govs shot 40 percent (12-of-30) from the field and 100 percent (6-of-6) from the free throw line in the first half. They led by as much as 12 points and went into halftime ahead by five, 33-28.

However, Mallory Schwab opened up the second half with back-to-back three-pointers that gave the Racers their first lead of the game, 34-33.

They would regain the lead again with 13:29 remaining in the game, 43-41, but it was short lived.

Hanley capped off a Lady Govs’ 8-0 run with her own three-pointer. It established a lead that APSU would not relinquish the rest of the game.

“I’m very proud of my team for not giving up. I thought that we definitely made plays when we had too.”

“Players stepped up. I thought the difference in this game was we attacked.”

The win improves the Lady Govs to 9-16, 8-5 OVC. They are currently ranked fourth in the conference with five games remaining in the regular season.

They get one week of rest before taking on eighth ranked Tennessee State Saturday, Feb. 12 at home on Dave Loos Court.

“We are going to enjoy this. I’m just really proud of them for pulling through.” TAS