MSC womens basketball goes 1-1 on road, while men drop close game to Redlands last week
Following both teams dropping hard-fought games to Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, the Murray State College women’s and men’s basketball teams continued conference play on the road last week with games versus Redlands Community College, January 28. The Aggie women then traveled to Oklahoma City to take on the Mid-America Christian University Evangels on January 30.
The Aggie women’s team came into their first game last week two and five in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Aggies jumped out to an early eight-point lead in the first quarter and remained in the lead until Redlands gradually pulled themselves within striking distance, then pulled ahead to lead the Aggies 31-30 at halftime. The game remained close throughout the second half, thanks to the strong defensive efforts of Redlands, who ended the game with six blocks, 12 steals and 27 defensive rebounds. The Aggies responded with several rallies late, led by sophomores Maddie Jessepe with 23 points, Hailey Belvin with 17 points and Hannah Wade with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The combination of Redlands tough defense and consistent offense was too much to overcome in the end with Redlands wining 74-70.
The Aggie men also entered their game versus Redlands Community College two and five in the conference and looking to get back on a winning track. Both teams began the game with a series of offensive runs with Redlands pulling ahead to lead 38-34 at halftime. The Aggies were led in scoring by sophomore Lloyd Daniels with 36 points. MSC forward Adam Nance added 16 points and 10 rebounds and fellow freshman Shem’mario Stephens had 12 points and seven rebounds. The Aggies were able to outscore Redlands in the second half, but ultimately ended up falling to Redlands 82-84 in a game that came down to the final minutes.
The Murray State College women’s team got back to their winning ways on January 30 in a rematch against Mid-America Christian University on the road in Oklahoma City. The Aggies dominated the first half to lead by 30 points at halftime. Led by Wade with 17 points and fellow sophomore Toni Greene with 12 points, the Aggies also saw 6’ 6” sophomore Fama Gueye come off the bench to add 10 points in a game which all Aggie starters and reserve players scored. The Aggies continued to dominate in the second half, winning the game 89-60.
Both Murray State College teams travel to Wilburton to take on Eastern Oklahoma State College today, Monday, February 4, before continuing their string of road games with games versus Western Oklahoma State College on February 7 in Altus.