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Led by a second straight 20-point performance from junior guard Miranda Crockett, Morehead State women's basketball (16-7, 7-3 Ohio Valley Conference) picked up its third straight victory with a 66-59 win over Austin Peay (12-9, 5-5 OVC) on Saturday evening at the Dunn Center.

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Morehead State women's basketball notched its seventh straight win with a 73-59 wire-to-wire victory over St. Francis Brooklyn on Tuesday night at Pope P.E. Center.

With the win, the red-hot Eagles move to 9-3 on the season. Greg Todd records his 52nd win as Morehead State head coach, totaling a 52-51 (.505) mark in his fourth season at the helm. With a 209-115 (.645) record in his 12th NCAA season and a 391-80 (.830) tally over a 14-year Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame career, Todd logged his 600th career victory as a head coach in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Thanks to a combined 56 points from its starting backcourt, Morehead State women's basketball (7-3) climbed back from a 20-point deficit to defeat Evansville (2-6) by a score of 82-75 on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday's win marks the Eagles' first all-time victory over Evansville, handing the Purple Aces' their first loss at the newly renovated Meeks Family Fieldhouse since the turn of the century.

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After picking up the latter three victories of a four-game win streak, Morehead State women's basketball saw two of its players recognized by the Ohio Valley Conference for their performance on the court last week.

Junior guard Miranda Crockett was named OVC Player of the Week for the first time in her career, while fellow junior Tierra McGowan was named OVC Newcomer of the Week for the third time this season.

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Miranda Crockett poured in a career-high 28 points while two other starters logged double-doubles, propelling Morehead State women's basketball to a 75-55 win over Lipscomb on Saturday night at Nashville's Allen Arena.

The Eagles' fourth straight victory boosts the team to 6-3 overall, while the Lady Bisons fall to 2-6 on the season.

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For the second time in 2017-18, women's basketball center Tierra McGowan has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week.

McGowan recorded a game-high 14 points and 15 rebounds (nine offensive), complemented by three assists, three steals, and one block in a 79-40 rout of Chicago State in the Chicago native's homecoming in the Windy City last Sunday. McGowan's has secured double-digit rebounds in each of her first six contests in a Morehead State uniform.

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After falling below .500 for the first time since opening the season 0-1 in 2016-17, Morehead State women's basketball (3-3) bounced back for the first road win of its 2017-18 campaign with a 79-40 decision over Chicago State (0-6) on Sunday afternoon in the Windy City.

Morehead State won the scoring battle in each quarter, jumping out to a 17-12 lead after the first. The MSU defense intensified in the second period, holding Chicago State to just 10 points. The Eagles controlled the battle for points in the paint with an 18-6 first-half advantage, leading 35-22 at the break.

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Taking on a nationally ranked opponent in its first road test of the season, Morehead State women's basketball (2-3) finished off the Matthew Mitchell Classic with an 86-53 loss to No. 22 Kentucky (5-0) on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.

Shooting woes proved to be the Eagles' crux in the performance, as Morehead State hoisted a season-low 18-for-66 (.273) from the floor. Kentucky connected on 31-of-55 (.564) attempts, including a red-hot 10-of-17 (.588) from three-point range.

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Coming off the second-highest scoring total in program history last Wednesday, Morehead State (2-2) hit a roadblock in the form of the North Florida Ospreys (2-1) Friday night at Johnson Arena. The Eagles were unable to overcome 21 turnovers and ultimately fell 61-56.

The Eagles came bursting out of the gate to begin play, starting with a 7-0 run. However, Morehead State would go cold and finish the final 2:12 of the opening quarter without a field goal. North Florida led 21-15 at the end of the first.

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In the first weekly poll of the 2017-18 season, women's basketball center Tierra McGowan has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week.

McGowan, in her Morehead State debut last Saturday, recorded 15 points, a game-high 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one block in a 75-71 come-from-behind win over Sacramento State in the Matthew Mitchell Classic at Johnson Arena. 10 of McGowan's 16 boards came on the offensive glass in just 16 minutes off the bench, earning the 6-foot-3 junior Most Valuable Player honors at the conclusion of the contest.

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Tierra McGowan, Miranda Crockett, and Eriel McKee each tallied double-doubles in a thrilling 75-71 comeback win over Sacramento State on Saturday night at Johnson Arena.

McGowan, playing in her first game as an Eagle, was named Most Valuable Player of the game. She scored 15 points and was a force with which to be reckoned on the glass, hauling in 16 rebounds, including 10 offensively.

"It was a quite a debut (for McGowan)," said head coach Greg Todd. "We kept plugging and we're proud that we were able to come away with a win."

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Morehead State Athletics has presented a brand new premium fan experience at Johnson Arena, available immediately for both the men's and women's 2017-18 basketball seasons, known as the Courtside Club.

The premier seating area features cushioned chairs directly on the floor of Johnson Arena, paving way for the best view in the arena. Introducing in-seat wait service, fans can purchase food and beverages from the game-day menu prior to tip-off, with the service readily available all the way through halftime.

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Members of the media who cover the Ohio Valley Conference have selected their predicted order of finish for the men's and women's basketball teams this year. The Morehead State women have been tabbed for a third-place showing, while the men are ninth.

For the fourth year in a row the OVC has conducted a preseason Men's and Women's Media Poll prior to the start of the season. In total 12 voters from around the league cast a ballot on whom they thought would be the 2017-18 basketball favorites and preseason players of the year.

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21 victories and a second-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference. By any standards, that's a successful college basketball season.

Women's basketball head coach Greg Todd acknowledges that his team accomplished much in 2016-17.

However, entering his fourth season at the helm of the Eagles, Todd and his squad are not complacent. Like a famished waif, they have an appetite for more.

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Entering her second season on the Morehead State women's basketball staff, former graduate assistant Tara Arnold has been promoted to director of basketball operations.

"We're really excited that Tara will be moving over to our director of operations," said Eagles head coach Greg Todd. "It should be an easy transition that will really help us."

Arnold makes the move after helping guide Morehead State to a 21-10 record in her first season on a Division I coaching staff.

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Morehead State women's basketball has added to its incoming class of 2017, inking junior college transfer Tierra McGowan to a National Letter of Intent.

"We are thrilled to have Tierra join our family," said Eagles head coach Greg Todd. "She will bring a competitive nature every day that our fans will be excited to watch."

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Morehead State women's basketball has officially welcomed its newest member, Erin Blaine, to its program for the 2017-18 season.

"Our staff is very excited to have Erin join our family," said Eagles head coach Greg Todd. "She brings a wealth of experience with her."

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Something - no, make that someone - was missing from Morehead State's game plan Wednesday.

Brianna McQueen could only watch as the second-seeded Eagles fell 73-67 to seven-seed Eastern Kentucky in the Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.

McQueen, a 5-foot-3 fifth-year senior and MSU's first-team all-conference pick, suffered a torn ACL in her right knee two weeks earlier, prematurely ending her collegiate career.

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Morehead State women's basketball guards Brianna McQueen and Miranda Crockett were named 2016-17 All-Ohio Valley Conference

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In the last regular season game of 2016-17, Morehead State women's basketball (20-8, 10-5 Ohio Valley Conference) battles Jacksonville State (13-14, 6-9 OVC) on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.

Four seniors - Shay Steele, Aaliyah Wells, Brianna McQueen, and KayK Tate - will be competing in their final contest at Johnson Arena.

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Coming off its worst road loss since Nov. 30, Morehead State women's basketball (19-8, 9-5 Ohio Valley Conference) heads to Cookeville for a matchup with Tennessee Tech (10-17, 7-7 OVC) on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

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Morehead State women's basketball (19-7, 9-4 Ohio Valley Conference) faces a tough road test at Belmont (22-5, 14-0 OVC) on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

The red-hot Bruins are winners of 16 straight, including a perfect 14-0 conference slate. With Morehead State's historic nine-game winning streak ending with a 69-66 loss to Tennessee State in Nashville on Jan. 11, the Eagles hope Belmont's run comes to a similar close on Saturday night in Music City.

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Sophomore guard Miranda Crockett led the way as Morehead State women's basketball (19-7, 9-4 Ohio Valley Conference) cruised past Tennessee State, 87-74, on Wednesday night at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles jumped out to an early lead, extending the gap to 21 points at the half after a strong second quarter. They led by as many as 29 in the closing minute of the third.

"It feels great," said head coach Greg Todd. "We knew it would be a battle. I thought our girls came out and played great for the first three quarters."

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On the heels of a late-game comeback effort that came up just short, Morehead State women's basketball (18-7, 8-4 Ohio Valley Conference) fell at Eastern Kentucky (9-16, 6-6 OVC) by a final score of 65-58.

The Eagles ended the first quarter shooting just 3-of-15 (.200) from the field, managing only eight points in the process. The second period continued in a similar fashion, as Morehead State found itself down 36-21 at halftime. Eastern Kentucky led by as many as 17 before the break.

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Morehead State women's basketball (18-6, 8-3 Ohio Valley Conference) charged back from a deficit as large as 12 to defeat Southeast Missouri (10-14, 4-7 OVC) Saturday evening on the road.

Shay Steele fronted the come-from-behind win for the Eagles with a season-high 21 points on 8-of-15 (.533) shooting, as well as seven rebounds and four steals.

"Shay battled hard," said head coach Greg Todd. "We received an excellent effort from her today."

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Sophomore guard Miranda Crockett led the way with 18 points as Morehead State women's basketball downed Murray State 73-59 at Johnson Arena on Wednesday night.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 17-6 overall and 7-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while the Racers fall to 12-10, 4-5 OVC.

"Tonight was an all-around good showing," said head coach Greg Todd. "We're happy to bounce back after a tough loss and close out a solid victory."

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Morehead State women's basketball lost a 69-68 heartbreaker at Jacksonville State Saturday. JSU's Lacey Buchanon hit a 15-foot corner jumper as the final buzzer went off.

The Eagles fell to 16-6 overall and 6-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while JSU moved to 10-11 overall and 3-6 in the league.

Morehead State took a 68-67 lead with 1:23 left on an Eriel McKee jumper but the Eagles did not score again. JSU's Briana Benson missed a three-pointer with three ticks remaining, and the rebound went out of bounds off an MSU player, giving the hosts one final shot.

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Morehead State women's basketball picked up its sixth Ohio Valley Conference win of 2016-17, cruising to a 79-65 victory over Tennessee Tech on Wednesday night at Johnson Arena.

"It was a good effort," said MSU head coach Greg Todd. "We knew we had our hands full. I thought our defensive pressure was good. We played an overall solid game, and I was pleased."

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Versatile.

That, in a word, describes Eriel McKee.

McKee has done a little bit of almost everything to help the Morehead State women's basketball team.

A 5-foot-10 junior from Anderson County, McKee has scored 922 career points and counting.

Yet, she says rebounding is what she does best.

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After falling in back-to-back contests for the first time all season, Morehead State women's basketball (15-5, 5-2 Ohio Valley Conference) righted the ship with an 80-54 win over in-state rival Eastern Kentucky (7-12, 4-2 OVC) on Saturday at Johnson Arena.

"We're excited to get the 'W,'" said head coach Greg Todd. "(Eastern Kentucky) is a good team. We have a lot of respect for them."

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