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NASHVILLE, TN —The Morehead State women’s basketball team shot 57.1 percent from three-point range on the way to an 81-58 win against the Tennessee State Lady Tigers on the road Thursday.
The Eagles had three players score in double figures, led by Veronica Charles, who posted her third double-double on the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Isabel Gonzalez added 15 points and Crystal Corley chipped in as well with 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals off of the bench.
Morehead State utilized great ball movement in Thursday’s game, piling up 18 assists on 30 made field goals. Corley’s six assists paced the Eagles and Sandra Lin also contributed with six assists of her own.
Morehead State forced 19 Tennessee State turnovers. The Eagles turned those takeaways into 13 points on the other end of the floor. Corley’s four steals led the way for Morehead State.
The Eagles will stay in the Volunteer State for a New Year’s Eve matinee against UT Martin Saturday, with tip-off slated for 2:00 PM.
How It Happened
After jumping out to a 9-6 advantage, Morehead State went on a 6-0 run with 1:45 left in the first quarter, culminating in a three from Melissa Secchiaroli, to increase its lead to 15-6. The Eagles then maintained that lead and entered the quarter break with a 19-10 advantage. Morehead State relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down three shots to account for nine of its 19 points.
Morehead State built that first quarter lead to 22-12 before going on a 5-0 run starting at the 7:35 mark in the second period, highlighted by a bucket from Erola Aliberch, to increase its lead to 27-12. The Lady Tigers cut into that lead, but the Eagles still enjoyed a 39-26 advantage heading into halftime. Morehead State was strong from deep in the period, knocking down four three-point shots to account for 12 of its 20 points.
Morehead State continued to preserve its halftime lead before going on a 7-0 run, punctuated by a three from Charles, to expand its lead further to 53-36 with 3:43 to go in the third. Before the third period was over, the Eagles added three points to that lead and entered the fourth quarter with a 62-42 edge. Morehead State played well near the basket, scoring 12 of its 23 points in the paint.
Morehead State kept its lead intact before going on an 8-0 run, finished off by Tolisha Walker’s layup, to grow the lead to 77-55 with 2:13 to go in the contest. The Eagles kept expanding the margin and coasted the rest of the way for the 81-58 win. Morehead State took advantage of four Tennessee State turnovers in the quarter, scoring five points off of those takeaways.
» The Eagles made over half of their attempts from three point range, knocking down 12 of 21 shots.
» The Eagles held the Lady Tigers to only 32.3 percent shooting from the field.
» The Eagles never trailed after taking a 19-10 first quarter lead.
» Morehead State had a great day defensively, holding Tennessee State to 7 percent from three point land on 14 attempts.
» The Morehead State bench came alive by adding 35 points to its scoring output.
» Morehead State had a 46-35 edge on the boards in the win.
» Morehead State cleaned up on the offensive glass, collecting 15 offensive boards in the game.
» Veronica Charles led the Eagles with a game-high 17 points.
» Morehead State got a game-high 11 rebounds from Veronica Charles.