February 4, 2023

Women’s Basketball | 12/2/2022 4:49 p.m

appointment time): Sat., 3.12.2022 (2 p.m.)
Opponent: southern indiana
Location (venue): Murray, Kentucky (CFSB Center)
Audio: WBZB 104.5 FM (PxP: Jeremy Rose)
TV: ESPN3 (PxP: Todd Hamilton; Analyst: Burlin Brower)
Live Stats: GoRacers.com
In-game Twitter: @RacersWBB
MUR record (Streak): 4-1 (3 won)
USI Record (Streak): 3-2 (1 won)
Total (Series): MUR leads 3-1 (1 lost)
In Murray (Streak): MUR leads 2-0 (win 2)
In Evansville (series): Series draw 1-1 (Lost 1)
On neutral pages:
Last 5 vs. USI: 3-1 (LWWW-)
First date: W 77-62 (1/7/80 at USI)
Last meeting: W 69-56 (12/17/86 at USI)
Biggest MSU Win: 54 points (W 97-43, 01/14/80 at MUR)
Biggest MSU Loss: 13 pts (W 69-56, 12/17/86 at USI)
Next game: December 13 vs. Austin Peay
Next home game: December 13 vs. Austin Peay

The game
After two games on the road, the Murray State women’s basketball team returns to the CFSB Center Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. matinee with Southern Indiana.

series at a glance
Saturday marks the first meeting between Murray State and Southern Indiana since 1986 and also the first since USI moved to Division I this season. The Racers lead the all-time series with the Screaming Eagles 3-1 and face them 2-0 in Murray.

Scouting the Screaming Eagles
Southern Indiana currently sits 3-2 on aggregate this season after an 85-52 win over Bethel (IN) at home in Evansville on Wednesday night.

The Screaming Eagles are currently averaging 77.4 points per game on 46.9 percent shooting and 38.4 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, their opponents are averaging 65.4 points with 38.9 percent shooting and 32.0 rebounds per game.

A trio of Screaming Eagles are currently averaging double digits, with Meredith Raley averaging 16.0 points per game and followed by Hannah Haithcock and Vanessa Shafford at 15.6 and 14.6 points respectively. On the boards, Shafford leads with 8.2 rebounds per game while Ashlynn Brown follows with 5.8.

A win would be…
A win on Saturday would take the racers’ current winning streak to four and keep them unbeaten at home so far this season.

Find the groove
After posting a season-low 28.1 percent at Alabama A&M last Saturday, the Racers returned to their form Wednesday night by going 24-48 from the floor for just 50 percent.

A red-hot performance
Murray State had an impressive 62.5 percent from 3-point range (10-16) against the Skyhawks Wednesday night in what will go down as the fourth-best single-game performance in school history. Coincidentally, the Racers shot 61.5 percent in each of their two games against UT Martin last season, which now ranks as the fifth-best single-game performance in school history.

Nearly perfect
The Racers returned to form at the free-throw line on Wednesday, shooting a stunning 92.9 percent in a 13-for-14 finish. Katelyn Young led the night’s free-throw efforts with a perfect 8-on-8 in the charity streak.

A historic night in Martin
The Racers’ 19-point win Wednesday was their biggest over the Skyhawks since 2008. The win also marked their first back-to-back wins over UT Martin at the Elam Center since the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. Additionally, it was the first three-game winning streak against UT Martin in the entire series since the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.

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