After a 10-day hiatus, the Murray State women’s basketball team returns to action Tuesday at Big Ten member Illinois. Tip-off from the State Farm Arena in Champaign is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Last time out
The Racers could never find their stroke from the floor or from three-point range Saturday, as the Racers fell, 59-53, to Alabama A&M.
MSU entered the game as the seventh best three-point shooting team in the nation, but were unable to hit a single three in the game, going 0-11. Their overall percentage was not much better as the shot a season-low 33.9 percent for the second straight game.
Keys for the Bulldogs in the game included holding the Racers to just 3-of-18 shooting in the second quarter for a total of six points and limiting the effectiveness of Macey Turley and Lex Mayes. Turley and Mayes entered Saturday averaging 14.4 and 12.6 points per game, respectively, but were held to just eight and one against Alabama A&M.
Murray State was able to get the Bulldog lead down to just one with 1:09 to play, but could never get closer than that.
Evelyn Adebayo notched her third double-double in six games to lead Murray State with team-highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Janika Griffith-Wallace followed Adebayo with 11, while Brianna Crane had six points and eight boards.
The Illinois series
The Racers and Illini have met just once before in Champaign in 2014, with Illinois winning 64-44.
Scouting the Fighting Illini
After dropping a pair of overtime games, Illinois bounced back last Wednesday with 75-57 win over Indiana State, moving their record to 6-2 in the season. Currently, the Illini are outscoring opponents at a 12.1 point per game clip, 79.0 to 66.9 and are shooting 45.4 percent from the floor, 32.0 percent from 3-point range and 64.4 from the free throw line. Alex Wittinger currently leads Illinois with 16.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Brandi Beasley follows at 10.9 points as well as a team-high 6.8 assists per game, while Ali Andrews averages 10.3 point per game, to go along with a team-best 57.7 percent from 3-point range.
A win Saturday would
Give the Racers their first win over a Big Ten program. MSU is currently 0-4 against the power five league going with two losses against Indiana and one each against Purdue and Illinois.
Through the first six games this season, Evelyn Adebayo has had three double-doubles. She is currently averaging 16.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game placing her fourth and second in each category, respectively.
OK, what’s next?
The Racers return home Thursday night to host Bethel (TN) at the CFSB Center at 6 p.m.