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Women's Hoops Drops Home Contest in Final Seconds

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Lipscomb's Ashley Southern hit a pair of free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining Saturday as the Morehead State women's basketball team dropped a 61-59 decision to the Bison at Johnson Arena.

Lipscomb improved to 2-4 overall and evened the series with MSU, 2-2. Morehead State, which nearly eliminated a nine-point deficit late in the second half, slipped to 3-3 overall and 1-1 at home.

MSU senior forward Casey Ryans canned two free throws with 48 ticks left to tie the contest at 59. Following a missed layup by the hosts with 20 seconds left, Southern got an entry pass, turned and tossed up a shot, but was fouled. She hit both free tosses, and MSU never managed to get a final shot off.

Southern finished with a game-high 23 points and also had nine rebounds.

"I felt we were a little slow offensively today," Head Coach Greg Todd said. "Maybe it was the break or whatever, but we just could not get much going. Credit Lipscomb though. They played very methodically and gave us trouble with their zone defense."

The Bison built their largest lead at 55-46 with 6:22 remaining, but junior guard Natalie Greenwell drilled three straight three-pointers, and MSU trailed only 57-55 just two minutes later.

The game featured 14 lead changes and five ties. MSU led by as much as seven in the first half before securing a 33-31 at the half.

Sophomore forward Shay Steele led the Eagles with 17 points, her fifth double-figure game, while also blocking a career-best five shots. Freshman forward Eriel McKee produced her second career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Greenwell finished with 12 points, all three-pointers.

Senior guard Almesha Jones, who leads the nation in assists, handed out 11 today. She added eight points and is now only 10 points shy of 1,000 for her career.

Morehead State held a 45-28 rebounding edge. Ryans pulled down nine boards. Lipscomb turned the ball over just nine times and forced 16 Eagle miscues.

The Bison shot 40 percent (23-of-58), while MSU managed 37 percent (22-of-59).

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