Murphy, Ky. - The Ball State women's basketball team (2-5) lost on the road to Murray State (4-3) by a score of 63-53 Thursday night in the CFSB Center.
Junior forward Katie Murphy led the Cardinals with her first double-double of the season after scoring a career high 20 points and tied her personal best rebounding performance with 14. Senior guard Shanee' Jackson tallied a season high nine points on the night.
Ball State was able to cut the Racers 18-point second half advantage to 10 (52-42) at around the seven minute mark with baskets from Murphy, sophomore guard Brittany Carter and junior guard Brandy Woody but the Racers large lead became too much for the Cardinals to overcome.
With 13:38 to play in the game, Murray State's Erika Sisk connected on a three point play after a layup and hitting her free throw to give the Racers one of their largest leads of the contest 48-29. The Racers had been on an 11-0 run before senior guard Shanee' Jackson snapped it with a three pointer at the 13:24 mark.
Murphy opened the game for the Cardinals with a jumper to give Ball State an early 2-0 edge over Murray State. The Racers then put together a 6-0 run to take a 6-2 advantage at the 16:48 mark.
Murray State led the remainder of the first half despite Ball State coming to within four (22-18) with 6:18 remaining on the clock. An 11-3 run by the Racers earned them the 33-22 halftime advantage over the Cardinals.
The Ball State women's basketball team will end its four game road swing at Austin Peay Saturday with a 6:15 (EST) tipoff. The Cardinals will then return home to Worthen Arena, Dec. 6 as they host Detroit Mercy at 7 p.m.