Despite a close game throughout, the JSU women couldn’t quite hold on and lost to the Eagles of Morehead State 67-63.
Gretchen Morrison led the night for the Gamecocks with her 23 points, while Tyler Phelion was behind her with 16.
The Gamecocks made over 50 percent of their free throw attempts and were able to score 22 of their 63 points off of Morehead State turnovers.
The Gamecocks came out ready to play. They jumped out early with the first points of the game and were up by seven early at 10-3.
MSU was quick to prove that they were not to be outdone and began closing the gap between the teams.
A few scores brought them out to eight but the Gamecocks kept their scoring steady and were back up by seven again moments later at 15-8.
However, that was the end of the Gamecocks’ first quarter scoring as MSU started with a free throw and several buckets later were ahead 18-15 as the first quarter closed.
If the first quarter belonged to the Gamecocks, the second was all Eagles. JSU was within three only once in the second when the score was 20-17. Seven points later MSU was at 27 and JSU still sat at 17.
As the clock wound down to 4:08, a layup by Chloe Long broke the dry spell and cut MSU’s lead to eight.
Two free throws by Kelly Naughton and a bucket by Courtney Strain and suddenly the Gamecocks were only down by four at 27-23.
MSU took off on a 10-point scoring run and closed the half ahead by 14 at 37-23. Gretchen Morrison came out of halftime with a vengeance. She started with a jumper and three-pointer early to cut MSU’s lead to nine.
After the Eagles went back up by 11, Morrison made another two three-point shots that brought MSU’s lead down to five.
A layup by Briana Benson and a three-pointer from Destiny James tied the score at 39. The score was tied again moments later at 41 and again at 43 with 2:17 left in the third. The Gamecocks closed the half in the lead 47-45.
The final quarter opened with a quick jumper from the Eagles that tied the score again, this time at 47.
The Eagles inched the score up and were up by four at 52-48 with eight minutes left in the game. JSU cut it to two after Briana Benson’s layup but MSU were quickly back up by four. Morrison once again made a three-pointer that cut the lead to one.
The Gamecocks kept the lead low as the Eagles only got back out to six once before Long and Morrison had brought it back down to one. The score sat at 60-59 with the Eagles barely in the lead and less than three minutes left to play.
The Gamecocks managed four more but it was the Eagles who took the close win 67-63.