The Morehead State women's basketball team used a 19-6 run over the final 6:51 of action on its way to winning its eighth consecutive game with a 71-55 victory over Ohio Valley Conference opponent Tennessee State on Thursday evening at Johnson Arena.
The Eagles (18-6, 9-2 OVC), who led in the game for 39:40, saw the Lady Tigers (3-20, 3-8 OVC) cut their lead to three points (52-49) with 7:12 remaining in the forth quarter. Senior guard Miranda Crockett responded with back-to-back made jumpers to spark the pull-away victory over the final 6:51.
"I felt like we did a pretty good job of finishing the game," said Morehead State head coach Greg Todd. "Tennessee State was scrappy and had a few players back from the last time we played them. They've been playing much better as of late so I was glad our bunch came away with the win."
The Eagles made 29-of-63 (.460) shots from the field which included makes on nine of their last 12 shots. Tennessee State hit on just 20-of-66 (.303) shots.
Senior forward Tierra McGowan led the Eagles with 15 points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots. Graduate forward McKenzie Calvert added 14 points, four rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and two steals.
Crockett finished with 14 points and seven rebounds thus extending her streak of double-digit scoring games to 28. The streak began on February 15 of the 2017-18 season at Tennessee State.
The win gave Morehead State a season sweep of Tennessee State during the 2018-19 campaign after defeating them 85-62 on January 12 season at the Gentry Center in Nashville. The Eagles have won five-straight games against the Lady Tigers in the overall series which MSU leads 35-27.
The win gives Morehead State its third consecutive season with at least 18 wins - a feat that has only been accomplished one other time in program history (1977-1980).
Next up, the Eagles will host Belmont on Saturday in a game with serious implications on the OVC. The Bruins enter with a 17-5 overall mark and are one game ahead of Morehead State for the top spot in the OVC with a 10-1 record after most recently defeated Eastern Kentucky on the road 87-52.
The game between the Eagles and Bruins is scheduled to tipoff at 2:05 p.m. ET on Saturday.