Racers Open 2023 With Valpo At The Bank

Racers Open 2023 With Valpo At The Bank

Women’s basketball | 31/12/2022 18:52:00

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Date (time): Sunday, December 1, 2023 (2:00 p.m.)
Opponent: Valparaiso
Site (Venue): Murray, Ky. (CFSB Center)
Audio: WNBS 97.9 FM (PxP: Jeremy Rose)
Television: ESPN+ (PxP: Dave Rowton; Analyst: Burlin Brower)
Live Stats: GoRacers.com
In-game Twitter: @RacersWBB
Record MUR (series): 8-2, 1-0 MVC (3 wins)
VALPO record (series): 2-7, 0-1 MVC (lost 7)
Overall Series vs. VALPO (Streak): First Encounter
To Murray (series): —
In Valparaiso (series): —
On neutral sites: —|
Last 5 against VALPO: 0-0 (—–)
First meeting: — (01/01/23 at MUR)
Last meeting: — (01/01/23 at MUR)
Biggest MSU gain: — (—)
Largest MSU loss: — (—)
Next game: January 6 at UNI
Next home game: January 11 against Belmont

The game
The Murray State women’s basketball team will look to kick off 2023 on Sunday when they host Valparaiso at the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky, for a New Year’s matinee that clocks in at 2 p.m.

Last outing
The Racers enter Sunday’s tilt at 1-0 in the MVC after a 68-55 win over UIC on Friday at the CFSB Center. Katelyn Young led all scorers with 21 points in the game, while Hannah McKay had a double-double of 17 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.

Series in brief
Sunday will be the very first meeting between the Racers and the Beacons.

Explore Tags
After falling to Belmont, 74-60, on Friday in their MVC opener, Valparaiso enters Sunday at 2-7 on aggregate, having lost each of their last seven games.

Leah Earnest currently leads Valpo with 12.2 points per game, while Olivia Brown and Ali Saunders are nearly tied with Earnest at 12.1 and 12.0, respectively. Earnest also leads Valpo on the boards at 8.8 rebounds per game, while Ella Van Weelden trails at 3.8

Valpo is currently averaging 65.3 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting with 32.4 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Beacons opponents are averaging 75.9 points per game on 41.5 percent shooting with 38.4 rebounds per game.

A win would be…
A victory on Sunday would put the Racers two wins away from a pair of historic milestones. A victory over Valparaiso would give the MSU program all-time wins 649 and 199 all-time wins at the CFSB Center.

Hoopin’ in the new year
Sunday will mark the sixth time in its history that Murray State will play on New Year’s Day. Currently, the Racers are 2-3 in those contests. Contests are typically closed for MSU on New Year’s Day, with four of the five games decided by possession.

Opponent Year H/Y/N Result
1984 Georgia St. NW 73-71
1985 Georgia St.NL 84-85
1988 Miami (OH) NW 59-56
1993 Miss South. AL 59-91
2022 Tennessee Tech HL 62-65

Pour over the dots
With 21 points against UIC on Friday, Katelyn Young has now scored 20+ points in five or more games this season.

From deep
Murray State is currently ranked 17th in the nation in 3-point percentage going into Sunday. After going 10-for-17 from beyond the vault on Friday, MSU is now shooting 37.4 percent from downtown this season.

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