The Crowder Lady Roughriders finish up their November schedule on Tuesday night with a trip to Tishomingo to play Murray State (Oklahoma).
Crowder enters the contest 4-5 overall this season and the Lady 'Riders have dropped two games in a row, 84-77 to Seminole State and 66-53 to Redlands, both Oklahoma schools. The Lady 'Riders are 0-2 thus far in away games.
Crowder defeated Murray State 68-53 in their first meeting this season at Crowder's home gymnasium Bob Sneller. The Lady 'Riders earned the 15-point victory behind a 36-17 advantage after halftime, including 15-9 in the third and 21-8 in the fourth quarter.
Elle Williams sparked Crowder offensively with a game-high 22 points, Maegan Bandimere and Sydney Linny had 12 and 11 points respectively, Bethaney Gilkey tallied eight points, and Maia Wright provided a lift from the bench with seven points and 10 rebounds.
Murray State committed 23 turnovers, eight more than Crowder, and Crowder earned a 44-36 rebounding edge with 12 offensive boards for the Lady 'Riders.
Murray State hit eight 3-point shots and Crowder had seven treys, so the teams generated 45 points alone from 3-point range.
Murray State stands at 1-7 on the season after the Lady Aggies lost 64-38 to Cowley County (Kansas) on Saturday. The Lady Aggies won their season opener, but have struggled mightily since with their 15-point loss to Crowder their closest defeat.
Last time out, Crowder fell behind 26-6 to Redlands in the first quarter, a margin too much for the Lady 'Riders to overcome despite Crowder outscoring Redlands 47-40 the rest of the contest.
Linny paced Crowder with 15 points behind 7 for 9 shooting from the field, while Williams recorded 13 points, five rebounds, and three steals. Gilkey had eight points, 10 rebounds, and two blocked shots. Bandimere and Kourtney Shipley each had six points.
Reneya Hopkins led Redlands with 20 points, three rebounds, six assists, and five steals. Sydney Newberry had 11 points, Karyssa Jackson tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Christina Jenkins added 10 points.
On the season, Williams averages 14.9 points, nearly five rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game with 36.9 percent shooting from the field, 30.3 percent from 3-point range, and 75 percent from the line.
Former Neosho High standout Linny has emerged as Crowder's second-leading scorer early this season with 10.7 points per contest. She ranks second in field goal and 3-point field goal percentage (43.9 and 40.6, respectively) and she's making nearly 79 percent of her free throws. Linny scored a game-high 17 points in the win against Coffeyville and she's reached double-digits in six of nine games.
Wright leads the team with 6.1 rebounds per game, while freshmen point guards Thathianna Sysavanh and Shipley each average just over two assists and Williams averages 2.3 steals.