NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Morehead State women’s basketball team (10-6, 1-2 Ohio Valley Conference) suffered a setback at the hands of Belmont (9-5, 2-1) by a final score of 77-50, on Thursday evening at the Curb Event Center.
The Eagles were led by senior Miranda Crockett, logging her third double-double of the year with 16 points and 10 rebounds, after coming up one rebound shy of a double-double in three of her previous five outings. Crockett also extended her streak of double-digit scoring games to 21.
The host Bruins were efficient from the jump, combatting the Eagles with 7-of-13 shooting from the floor before the first media intermission as compared to the visiting MSU’s 3-for-12. The home squad tabbed on 4-of-7 from behind the arc, pushing the lead to 18-8 at the 4:06 mark of the opening quarter. The quarter concluded with a nine-point Eagles deficit, down 24-15, after Jeune sunk a deep contested triple.
The second quarter displayed a see-saw affair, as the two teams traded buckets back and forth. Belmont’s lead fluctuated between eight and 13 points throughout the period.
Down 35-25, Crockett found the hoop for an old-fashioned three-point play, shrinking the Bruin lead to seven. After BU notched another layup, Crockett answered back with another drive and floater of her own. With 58 ticks left in the half, Jeune sank another trey to bring the Eagles within six at the halftime horn, 37-31.
Belmont outscored the Eagles 13-6 in the third, providing Belmont with a cushion that they wouldn’t relinquish. During this frame, the Eagles turned the ball over nine times, after only giving up three turnovers the entire first half.
The contest concluded with Belmont connecting on 28-of-65 (.431) from the floor, with the Eagles being held to a 20-for-66 (.303) clip. Exactly half of the hosts heaves came off of three-point attempts, with Belmont hitting 14-of-35 (.400) from long range, compared to MSU’s 2-of-19 (.105).
Belmont was paced by four double-figure scorers, the group of which led by preseason OVC Player of the Year, Darby Maggard, who chimed in with 21 points.
Crockett’s 16 points led her club in the scoring column while Jeune followed closely with 15. Jeune also hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds on her way to notching her first-career double-double.
The Eagles will continue their stint in the Music City on Saturday as the Eagles take on Tennessee State at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET