TISHOMINGO, Okla. — It was one of those good news, bad news games Tuesday night for the Crowder Lady Roughriders against Murray State (Oklahoma).

The good news: sophomores Alex Vogt and Aubrie Ayers both returned to the lineup, Vogt for the first time this season.

The bad news: Murray State outscored Crowder 45-33 in the first and fourth quarters, including 26-18 in the fourth, en route to a 73-62 victory.

Murray State entered Tuesday night 1-7 on the season with a seven-game losing streak; Crowder defeated Murray State 68-53 two weeks earlier at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.

Crowder dropped to 4-6 overall and the Lady 'Riders have dropped three straight games, all against Oklahoma schools.

Crowder returns to action Saturday on the road against Seminole State (the first loss in the current losing streak) and the Lady 'Riders then play their last three games of the calendar year at home against North Arkansas, Northern Oklahoma-Enid, and the Lyon JV, the latter two games both part of the Roughrider Classic next weekend.

Murray State helped itself Tuesday night with 20 made free throws in 26 attempts, shooting 76.9 percent overall from the stripe.

That's how to play in the lead.

Like in the first contest, Crowder had the momentum headed into the fourth quarter, outscoring Murray State 22-14 in the third on Tuesday night. Unlike the first contest, though, Murray State entered the fourth with a 47-44 lead.

Sophomore shooters Maegan Bandimere and Elle Williams each led Crowder with 16 points, combining on five 3-point shots (Williams three, Bandimere two), and Bandimere's night included one rebound, one assist, two steals, and two blocked shots, while Williams tallied two rebounds, two assists, and one block.

Maia Wright contributed eight points, a team-high eight rebounds, two assists, and one steal before fouling out. Fellow freshman Kourtney Shipley helped the Crowder bench generate 31 points with her seven (Williams' 16 sparked the bench effort).

In her season debut, Vogt finished with four points, six rebounds, and three steals. Ayers, playing her sixth game of the season, netted all four of her points on a perfect free throw shooting night and she added three rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.

Tuesday night marked the first time Crowder had its full complement of players.

 

MURRAY STATE 73, CROWDER 62

Crowder 15 7 22 18 — 62

Murray State 19 14 14 26 — 73

CROWDER (4-6) — Thathianna Sysavanh 0-1 0-0 0, Sydney Linny 1-4 0-0 3, Maegan Bandimere 6-14 2-3 16, Bethaney Gilkey 2-6 0-0 4, Maia Wright 4-10 0-0 8, Tricia Wattman 0-3 0-0 0, Aubrie Ayers 0-3 4-4 4, Kourtney Shipley 2-6 1-2 7, Alex Vogt 2-8 0-0 4, Elle Williams 5-10 3-4 16. Totals: 22-65 10-13 62.

MURRAY STATE (2-7) — Toni Greene 2-8 7-8 13, Hailey Belvin 3-5 2-2 9, Maddie Jessepe 3-6 0-0 6, Hannah Wade 2-9 0-0 4, Aaliyah Endsley 7-11 9-12 23, Bailey Bearce 0-0 0-0 0, Lynzee Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Kes Reeves 3-6 1-2 7, Andressa Nascimento 4-10 1-2 11. Totals: 24-56 20-26 73.

3-point goals: Crowder 8-23 (Williams 3-6, Shipley 2-5, Bandimere 2-7, Linny 1-2, Wright 0-2, Sysavanh 0-1), Murray State 5-21 (Nascimento 2-5, Greene 2-8, Belvin 1-2, Reeves 0-2, Endsley 0-2, Wade 0-1, Smith 0-1). Rebounds: Crowder 39 (Wright 8), Murray State 39 (Belvin, Endsley, Nascimento 6). Assists: Crowder 13 (Shipley 5), Murray State 13 (Endsley 4). Turnovers: Crowder 15, Murray State 15. Steals: Crowder 8 (Vogt 3), Murray State 6 (Wade 3). Blocked shots: Crowder 7 (Bandimere, Gilkey, Ayers 2), Murray State 3 (Belvin 2). Personal fouls: Crowder 20, Murray State N/A. Technical fouls: None. Fouled out: Wright, Crowder.