MOREHEAD, Ky. — The Ohio Valley Conference season begins for the Morehead State women’s basketball squad as the Eagles host the Murray State Racers Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at 5:15 p.m. ET.Morehead State (4-9) is 7-2 in OVC openers since 2005-06. Murray State (5-8) will be looking for its fourth straight victory in a series that began in 1971-72.
It is Hoop and Holler for a Dollar at Johnson Arena. All upper-level chairback and bleacher seats are just $1. Tickets are available here. Parking is $5.
All Morehead State contests are broadcast on the Eagle Sports Radio Network with Jason Blanton calling the action. The game can be heard on the airwaves on the flagship station, WIVY-96.3 FM in Morehead. Audio will also be available on MSUEagles.com (computers), m.Morehead.EZStream.com (mobile devices) and the Eagle Empire app. Live stats and live video links are also available right here on MSUEagles.com (the game will be live on the OVC Digital Network), and periodic updates will also be on Twitter and Facebook.
Game notes heading into the contest:
Morehead State leads the series 43-37. Murray State has won the last three meetings and nine of the last 15 games in the series.Ice in Our Veins
Morehead State hit 80 percent (86-of-107) at the free throw line in its last five games.
The Eagles rank second in the OVC in free throw accuracy (.728).
MSU has gotten to the foul line just five more times than its 13 opponents, but the Eagles have hit 16 more charity tosses.
Keeping Up With the Joneses
Senior guard Almesha Jones is the 22nd member of Morehead State’s 1,000-point club. She now has 1,134 career points and is ranked 19th in career points at MSU.
Jones leads the nation in total assists (106), eight more than second-place Whitney Bunn of Furman.
Jones is on pace for 234 assists this season. That would shatter MSU’s single-season record (193) and place third on the OVC single-season chart.
Jones is the first player in program history (1970-71 to present) with at least 1,000 career points, 400 assists and 200 steals. She is second in school history in steals.
The Eriel Show
Freshman forward Eriel McKee has scored in double figures in all 10 collegiate games.
McKee (14.5), along with Murray State’s Ke’Shunan James (15.2), are the top two freshman point producers in the league.
McKee leads all OVC freshmen in rebounding, pulling down 8.6 per game. She has four double-doubles.
Knocking Down Shots, Pulling Down Boards
Senior forward Casey Ryans leads the OVC in field goal percentage (.578).
Ryans grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds against Brescia on Nov. 24 and collected 12 boards at USC-Upstate Dec. 17.
Steele The One
Sophomore forward Shay Steele leads the OVC in blocked shots (29) and ranks 29th nationally. She is now ranked ninth in career blocks (56) at Morehead State.
Steele recorded her first double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) against Southern Illinois Dec. 30. It was the third double-double of her career.
Half and Half
Morehead State averages 71.1 points per game this year. MSU’s points in the paint per game (35.5) are nearly identical to its points outside the paint (35.6).