MOREHEAD, Ky. – Senior guard Almesha Jones nailed a three-pointer with two seconds remaining to propel the Morehead State women’s basketball team to a 64-63 victory over Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams Saturday at Johnson Arena.

Photo - Larry Gooding
Photo – Larry Gooding

Jones hit just the one trey all night, but it helped the Eagles improve to 5-9 overall and 1-0 in the OVC. Morehead State is now 8-2 in league openers in the last 10 seasons. The Racers fell to 5-9 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Morehead State ended Murray State’s three-game winning streak in the series and upped its mark to 44-37 all-time against the Racers.
Murray State led 63-56 with 3:24 left in the contest but never scored again. Freshman forward Eriel McKee hit a three-pointer with 1:59 left, sophomore forward Shay Steele converted a layup at the 1:13 mark, and Jones took a pass from senior guard Maiki Viela for the game-winning shot.
Steele finished with a game-best 20 points, while McKee and Viela registered 12 each. Jones had nine points and a game-high eight assists in 40 minutes. Steele tied McKee for team-high rebounding honors with eight.
Murray State was led by freshman Ke’Shunan James with 13 points. Bianca Babic nailed four triples for 12 points, and Keonia Kirby grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds. The Racers out-rebounded the Eagles 48-36.
The hosts trailed 17-14 with 9:11 left in the first half but used a 10-2 run to re-gain the advantage. The Eagles led 25-24 at the break.
Steele scored nine points in the first seven minutes of the final half as Morehead State built its largest lead of the half, 41-36. Murray State outscored the host squad 21-10 over the next seven minutes though to build a 57-51 cushion.
Morehead State shot 44 percent (28-of-63) on the night and held Murray State to 35 percent (23-of-66). The Racers were 7-of-27 from three-point range.

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