College basketball: First-half struggles doom JSU women
by Star staff
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MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Jacksonville State's quest to extend its three-game winning streak ended on the road Saturday in a 73-53 loss at Morehead State.

JSU fell behind 43-18 in the first half and couldn’t recover. That’s a season-low first-half points for the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks (9-15, 5-6 Ohio Valley Conference) were paced by Destany McLin’s 23 points and eight rebounds. Candace Morton was limited to nine points. It was just the second time this season she did not reach double figures. Miranda Cantrell and Briana Benson added six points each.

Almesha Jones finished with 21 points for Murray State (10-12, 4-5), including 19 in the first half. Mackenzie Arledge and Shiloh Murphy added 15 each.

Murphy entered the game with only eight three-pointers for the season, but she made five Saturday.

The Eagles came out of the gates quickly with a 9-0 run to start the game. The Gamecocks did not hit double figures until a pair of free throws by Kelly Naughton with 3:05 left in the first half.

JSU finished the first 20 minutes 7-of-25 from the field, while the Eagles connected on 58 percent from the field (17-of-29), including six 3-point baskets.

JSU, after trailing by as many as 31 points in the first half, was able to slice that deficit to 16 at 59-43 at the eight-minute mark after a McLin basket. MSU pushed the lead back out to 20 points by the five-minute mark.

After three consecutive road games, JSU begins a three-game homestand Saturday 8 against OVC East rival Tennessee Tech. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. The contest will follow the JSU men's contest with the Eagles that will get underway at 11 a.m. at Pete Mathews Coliseum.
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