Junior guard Almesha Jones scored 20 points and dished out 10 assists, while senior guard Terrice Robinson and junior forward Mackenzie Arledge chipped in 14 points apiece to lead the Morehead State women's basketball team to an 81-74 victory over Tennessee Tech on Senior Night at MSU’s Johnson Arena on Saturday (March 1).
The Eagles concluded the 2013-14 season 12-17 overall and 6-10 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Eagles ended a five-game losing streak to Tech. TTU fell to 12-18 overall and finished 9-7 in the conference. Tech earned the third seed for the upcoming OVC Tournament.
"Our non-seniors stepping up and playing so hard for our seniors was really, really inspiring," Head Coach Tom Hodges said. "But our seniors played great too. I thought they really embraced their day and performed admirably."
Jones registered her eighth 20-point game of the season and her third career double-double. Robinson finished her four-year career with 1,073 points to rank 19th in program history. Jones concluded her third collegiate season with 174 assists, which ranks as the third best single-season total in school history.
Freshman forward Shay Steele added eight points, six rebounds and a career-high five blocks, while senior guard Shanice Parker closed out her career with a seven-point night. Senior guard Allie Turner scored five and concluded her four years at MSU with 142 three-pointers and an 83-percent free throw accuracy.
Morehead State shot a season-best 55 percent (29-of-53) and notched 22 assists. Robinson added six helpers, while Jones swiped a team-best three steals.
TTU held its largest lead at 34-27 with 1:39 left in the first half, but MSU used a 20-5 run, spanning the end of the first half and the first four minutes of the second, to grab a lead it never relinquished. The Eagles' largest lead was 58-45 at the 11:12 mark following sophomore Natalie Greenwell's three-pointer.
Tech out-rebounded the Eagles 37-31. MSU nailed nine three-pointers. MSU finished the season with 222 three-balls, marking the seventh straight season with at least 200 three-pointers.