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Sporting 250-plus career victories, four National Tournament appearances and one Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year honor, Cayla Petree has been tabbed to head the Morehead State women's basketball program.

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Morehead State head women's basketball coach Greg Todd has resigned his position to accept the head coaching position at his alma mater, Eastern Kentucky.

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Combining to shoot 11-of-21 from the floor and 5-of-8 from three, redshirt sophomore Lauren Carter and sophomore Ariel Kirkwood each poured in 17 points to lead Morehead State women's basketball against UT Martin Saturday.

Kirkwood tallied her 17 points behind a career-best shooting performance from behind the arc, draining a career-high three treys on the afternoon. Carter totaled her points off a career-high-tying six field goals, including a season-high-tying two three-pointers. She tallied 13 second-half points, helping Morehead State erase a 21-point second-half deficit.

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After a rookie campaign during which she blocked 82 shots, swiped 48 steals, and averaged over eight rebounds per game, Morehead State Women's Basketball freshman Ariel Kirkwood has been tabbed as the 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

The six-foot guard also earned All-OVC Second Team and All-OVC Newcomer honors, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

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Despite sophomore forward Ellie Jo Johnson recording her first-career double-double and junior gaurd Jazzmyn Elston posting her fourth consecutive double-figure scoring effort, the Morehead State Women's Basketball team fell to Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky, 64-58, on Saturday evening at McBrayer Arena.

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For the second consecutive week, Morehead State Women's Basketball's Ariel Kirkwood has been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week.

The OVC announced the honor on Tuesday morning after the six-foot guard distinguished herself from other league rookies during the previous week by posting back-to-back double-doubles in games against Eastern Kentucky and Murray State. For the week, Kirkwood averaged 11.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, and 2.0 assists.

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Morehead State Women's Basketball guard Ariel Kirkwood has been tabbed as the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week, the league announced Tuesday morning.

The six-foot rookie boasted averages of 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 blocks during the Eagles OVC games at SIUE (Feb. 6) and Eastern Illinois (Feb. 8)

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Playing in its second overtime in as many games, the Morehead State Women's Basketball team suffered a 67-62 setback at Eastern Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Lantz Arena.

Facing a six-point deficit entering the fourth quarter, guard Jazzmyn Elston sparked the Eagles' offense as she tallied nine points in the quarter. The junior gave Morehead State a two-point lead at 55-53 on a pull-up jumper with 50 seconds remaining, but the Panther managed to tie it on a layup by Lariah Washington 14 seconds later.

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Sophomore Ellie Jo Johnson scored a career-high 16 points as the Morehead State Women's Basketball team fell to UT Martin, 82-64, in Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles led the Skyhawks 23-21 through the first quarter as they knocked down 10-of-21 (.476) shots from the field - all of which came from inside the arc.

UT Martin opened the second quarter on a 10-1 run to pull ahead 41-31 at the half on its way to the win.

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Freshman guard Ariel Kirkwood had a career day on both ends of the floor as the Morehead State Women's Basketball had a late comeback bid fall short, falling to Southeast Missouri, 67-61, in Ohio Valley Conference play on Thursday evening at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles found themselves trailing by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter, falling behind 59-34 after a made jumper by SEMO guard Carrie Shepard with 7:44 remaining. A layup by MSU senior forward Orlandra Humphries sparked a 27-8 run by MSU.

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The Morehead State Women's Basketball team held Jacksonville State without a made shot for nearly 10 minutes over the third and fourth quarters as it earned a 69-55 Ohio Valley Conference victory on Saturday afternoon at Pete Matthews Coliseum.

After finding themselves trailing 33-27 at halftime, the Eagles adjusted on both ends of the floor to earn their first win on the Gamecocks floor since 2016.

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Reigning Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week Jazzmyn Elston bucketed a career-best 30 points as the Morehead State Women's Basketball team came up short, 82-75, against league-leading Tennessee Tech at the Hooper Eblen Center on Thursday evening.

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Senior forward Orlandra Humphries scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds to post her third consecutive double-double as the Morehead State Women's Basketball team fell 71-62 to Ohio Valley Conference rival Belmont on Saturday afternoon at the Curb Event Center.

The Eagles turned the ball over a season-low six times and hung with the four-time defending OVC Tournament Champions for an entire 40 minutes.

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The Morehead State Women's Basketball defeated won its first road matchup in Ohio Valley Conference play, defeating Tennessee State, 84-47, on Thursday evening at the Gentry Center.

The Eagles' 37-point victory, which is the largest against the Lady Tigers in program history, improves their overall record to 7-10 and OVC mark to 3-2 for the 2019-20 season.

"I was pleased with our team's effort tonight," said MSU head coach Greg Todd. "Overall I thought we played with good energy from start to finish and got a good road win at a tough place to play."

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The Morehead State Women's Basketball team dropped a 75-55 decision to Ohio Valley Conference opponent Tennessee Tech on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Arena.

After tightly-contested first quarter that saw both teams make just four shots from the field, the Golden Eagles offense opened a three-point lead to a 17-point halftime advantage.

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The Morehead State Women's Basketball team began Ohio Valley Conference play with a with a 67-48 victory over Jacksonville State on Thursday evening at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles and Gamecocks went back-and-forth in the first half, trading the lead eight times, before settling on a 25-23 advantage for MSU after the opening two quarters.

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In its final non-conference game of the 2019-20 season, the Morehead State Women's Basketball team dropped a 94-47 decision to the No.6 Baylor Lady Bears on Monday evening at the Ferrell Center.

Despite the final margin, the Eagles battled the defending NCAA National Champions to the final horn. Morehead State trailed Baylor 56-21 at halftime but showed grit in the second half, playing to a 38-26 margin.

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The Morehead State Women's Basketball team stomped out a three-game skid as it defeated Asbury (Ky.), 107-55, in front of 2,557 fans during its annual "I'm going to college" game on Thursday afternoon at Johnson Arena.

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Despite having three players score in double figures and a defensive effort that held Valparaiso to its lowest scoring total in four games, the Morehead State Women's Basketball team fell 55-53 to the Crusaders on Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

After opening the game in a bit of an offensive lull, the Eagles outscored Valpo 14-7 over the final 4:12 of the first quarter to take a 20-18 lead. The run was capped off with a three-point make at the buzzer by senior Jaleesa Avery.

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Morehead State Women's Basketball's Tomiyah Alford has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week, the league announced Tuesday morning.

Alford finished one-point off the game-high against nationally-ranked Michigan State on Sunday, posting 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. The Barnesville, Ga., native also assisted on two buckets in the game.

"Tomiyah had a great game against a Michigan State," said MSU head coach Greg Todd. "She shot the ball at an impressive clip. Happy for her to receive this recognition."

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The Morehead State Women's Basketball team suffered a 93-48 setback at No. 19 Michigan State on Sunday afternoon at the Breslin Center.

The Spartans, who improved to 8-1 overall in the 2019-20 season, hit on 37-of-67 shots to post a season-best 55% shooting clip. Freshman Julia Ayrault paced five double-figure scorers for Michigan State with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

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After recording her second double-double of the 2019-20 season, Morehead State Women's Basketball's Ariel Kirkwood has been tabbed as the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week.

Kirkwood, a six-foot guard from Milwaukee, scored 12 points and grabbed a career-best tying 13 rebounds for the Eagles against Dayton on Dec. 5. The freshman also blocked four shots and assisted on two baskets in the game.

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Freshman Ariel Kirkwood posted the second double-double of her career as the Morehead State Women's Basketball team suffered an 58-41 setback at Dayton in a midday tilt on Thursday in front of 10,554 fans at UD Arena.

In a game where both teams shot under 30%, the Flyers won the on the boards and used the offensive glass to make the difference. The hosts outrebounded the Eagles 58-34 which included 23 offensive boards and a 24-2 advantage in second-chance points.

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Six players achieved double-digit scoring totals as Morehead State Women's Basketball defeated Midway (Ky.) 107-55 on Tuesday evening at Johnson Arena in the final game of the Eagle Invitational Presented by Downtown BP of Morehead.

"I thought our girls came out very ready and focused," said MSU head coach Greg Todd. "I feel like offensively we have been improving with each game and tonight we executed well and our defense played well once again."

Offensively, Morehead State made nearly 50% of its shots from the field with 38-of-78 (.487) shots falling.

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Freshman guard Ariel Kirkwood scored 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the Morehead State Women's Basketball team earned a 65-54 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) in the Eagle Invitational Presented by Downtown BP of Morehead on Sunday afternoon at Johnson Arena.

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A three-time All-OVC Postseason Team selection, including twice being named First Team All-OVC, and the third all-time leading scorer in Morehead State women's basketball history, Miranda Crockett can add another honor to her resume.

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Junior Aliyah Jeune had a three-point try bounce off the front of the rim at the final buzzer as the Morehead State women's basketball team fell 68-65 to Western Kentucky in the second round of the 2019 Women's National Invitation Tournament on Sunday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena.

"Our girls battled from start to finish," said Eagles' head coach Greg Todd. "I thought we played very well against a good Western Kentucky team. I'm proud of our performance and think our girls left it all on the floor."

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The Morehead State women's basketball team earned its first postseason victory in program history as they defeated Ohio State 71-61 in the first round of the 2019 Women's National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday evening at Value City Arena.

Junior guard Aliyah Jeune knocked down 5-of-7 triples in the second half as Morehead State erased a 11-point deficit to come from behind for the win. Columbus native and senior Darianne Seward shinned in her first collegiate game back her hometown as she added 17 points while racking up five assists.

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The Morehead State women's basketball team will play Ohio State in the first round of the 2019 Women's National Invitation Tournament the tournament committee announced Monday evening.

The Eagles will travel to Columbus, Ohio to face the Buckeyes at Value City Arena on Wednesday. Tipoff time and ticket information will be announced Tuesday.

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After finishing the 2018-19 season with the second-most wins in school history and a second-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference, the Morehead State women's basketball has received the OVC's automatic bid to play in the 2019 Women's National Invitational Tournament.

The Eagles finished the season 23-10 overall and were 13-5 against OVC competition on their way to qualifying for the WNIT. It is just the second time in the program's history of qualifying for the postseason event - the last coming during the 2016-17 campaign.

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