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Murray State (5-2)
11/30/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 327
Friday, November 29, 2013
Coming off its first win of the season, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team will look keep its momentum when Murray State makes the trek to Nashville for a 4 p.m. tip-off at Allen Arena on Saturday.
The Lady Bisons (1-4) defeated Tennessee State at the Gentry Center 81-78 on Tuesday.
Tennessee State's stingy defense challenged Lipscomb in the first half and the Bisons trailed by seven at halftime. Lipscomb came out hot in the second stanza and quickly erased the deficit when Ashley Southern made a layup just six minutes into the half to give Lipscomb its first lead of the game at 41-39.
TSU fought back and hit a 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Freshman point guard Maya Dillard found a groove and scored the first three buckets for the Bisons in the extra period. Clutch free throws were hit down the stretch and the Lady Bisons held off the Lady Tigers for their first win of the season.
Sara Bliss led Lipscomb in scoring with 20. Southern collected her fourth double-double in five games with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Southern leads the Lady Bisons in scoring this season with 15 a game and in rebounding with 13.6 per game.
Lipscomb and Murray State have faced each other five times in the series history with MSU holding a 3-2 edge. Lipscomb’s last win in the series came in 2006 when the Bisons won 81-53 in Murray, Ky. Last season the Racers defeated Lipscomb 63-55.
Murray State (4-2) is coming off back-to-back wins against Saint Louis and Atlantic Sun member, Kennesaw State.
In its last matchup with Kennesaw State, the Racers found themselves behind by double-digits before mounting a comeback in the second half to pull out a 72-66 win.
Junior guard Keiona Kirby leads the Lady Racers in scoring on the year averaging 17.8. Bianca Babic and Taylor Porter follow Kirby with 9.8 and 9.5 respectively.
Jessica Winfrey pulls down 10 boards a game to lead the Racers.
Murray State averages 75 points per game while giving up 67.5. Opponents are out-rebounding Murray State by seven boards per game.