Miranda Crockett poured in a career-high 28 points while two other starters logged double-doubles, propelling Morehead State women's basketball to a 75-55 win over Lipscomb on Saturday night at Nashville's Allen Arena.
The Eagles' fourth straight victory boosts the team to 6-3 overall, while the Lady Bisons fall to 2-6 on the season.
Crockett scored each of the Eagles' first eight points, but the first quarter transpired mostly in back-and-forth fashion. Three lead changes eventually led to a 16-12 advantage for Morehead State at the break. A 6-0 run to end the first half capped off the only quarter in which Lipscomb outscored the Eagles, but Morehead State went into halftime with a 29-26 lead.
MSU would go on to separate itself much further in the second half, anchored in part by an offensive explosion from junior center Tierra McGowan. The 6-foot-3 Chicago native was held scoreless on just one field goal attempt in the opening 20 minutes, but flipped the script for 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting (.667) in the latter 20. Her 16 rebounds notched a team-best sixth double-double of the season, as well as her ninth straight game with at least 10 boards.
Morehead State ended the third quarter on a 7-0 run and ultimately outscored Lipscomb 46-29 in the second half. Crockett dropped 16 of her career-best 28 points in the half, knocking down 13-of-16 (.813) shots on the day. In total, starting point guard Darianne Seward added 11 points and dished out a season-high 10 assists in the victory.
As a team, Morehead State outhustled Lipscomb 59-33 on the glass. The disparity paved the way for a 22-7 advantage in second-chance points, as Morehead State outscored the Lady Bisons 34-14 in the paint.
After churning out its first nine games in a span of just over three weeks, head coach Greg Todd will allow his student-athletes a chance to focus on final exams with more than a week away from the court. Morehead State returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 10 for a 2 p.m. ET matchup at Evansville.