After falling below .500 for the first time since opening the season 0-1 in 2016-17, Morehead State women's basketball (3-3) bounced back for the first road win of its 2017-18 campaign with a 79-40 decision over Chicago State (0-6) on Sunday afternoon in the Windy City.
Morehead State won the scoring battle in each quarter, jumping out to a 17-12 lead after the first. The MSU defense intensified in the second period, holding Chicago State to just 10 points. The Eagles controlled the battle for points in the paint with an 18-6 first-half advantage, leading 35-22 at the break.
Morehead State separated further from the Cougars in the third quarter, pouring in 23 points while Chicago State managed just six. The Eagles' performance was capped off with a 21-point final period.
As a team, Morehead State shot 30-for-71 (.423) from the floor, and 13-of-15 (.867) at the free throw line. Chicago native Tierra McGowan proved to be the Eagles' highlight in her homecoming, recording 14 points, 15 rebounds (nine offensive), three steals, and two blocks in a team-high 28 minutes. McGowan has pulled down at least 10 boards in each of her first six showings in a Morehead State uniform.
On the game, Morehead State dominated 46-14 in the paint, 41-11 in points off turnovers, and 30-3 in second-chance opportunities. Miranda Crockett (12), Erin Blaine (12), and Darianne Seward (11) complemented McGowan with double-digit scoring outputs of their own.
After two games on the road, Morehead State returns to Johnson Arena for two home games on the week. The Eagles tip off with Kentucky Christian on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET.