JSU stopped a 17-game road losing streak in the Ohio Valley Conference. In addition, the Gamecocks beat Murray State for the first time in 14 meetings.
The last conference road win for the Gamecocks came on Jan. 14, 2012, at Austin Peay, which will be their next opponent Monday in Clarksville, Tenn. The last time JSU notched a win in the series with Murray State was Feb. 4, 2006, in Murray, Ky. All three wins over the Racers have come on the road.
JSU (8-14, 4-5 OVC) took a 13-point lead into the halftime break after shooting 47 percent from the field and limiting MSU to just nine made baskets. Sophomore Destany McLin, who led five JSU players in double figures with 19 points, including 10 in the first half. McLin also registered her second double-double of her career with a career-high 11 rebounds.
JSU's leading scorer, Candace Morton, carded her 21st double-figure scoring game of the season, but did not reach double figures until a pair of free throws late in the game. She finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Junior Miranda Cantrell nearly posted her second straight double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Destiny James established a new career-high with 10 points off the bench, including 8 of 10 from the free throw line.
The last time JSU placed five players in double figures was last season at Eastern Kentucky. The Gamecocks nearly had six players in double figures in the scoring column as Kentucky-native Sydney Brown added eight points off the bench, which is a new career high her.
Murray State’s Bianca Babic led all scorers with 21 points with seven-made treys. Jessica Winfrey added 20 points and 20 rebounds.
After JSU controlled the contest for most of the game, the Racers (8-11, 1-6) made things interesting down the stretch, trimming what had become a 14-point lead by JSU in the second half.
The Gamecocks were able to weather the Racers' 3-point barrage to pick up the road win. MSU, which leads the OVC in 3-point shooting and is one of the top-shooting teams from behind the arc in the NCAA, connected on 11 of 29 from 3-point range.
JSU was able to counter MSU's attack by knocking down free throws at the end. The Gamecocks scored their last 16 points off the free throw line and finish the game 20 of 28 at the foul line. JSU's last field goal came with 5:24 left in the contest.