Women’s basketball will debut at home on Saturday against Morehead State
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Bellarmine University women’s basketball team will make their long-awaited home debut when the Knights host Morehead State at Freedom Hall for a contest at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The game will represent the rekindling of a rivalry, as the state’s counterparts met regularly in the 1970s and 80s in a total of 12 games. The Knights won the very first game, 40-34, in the 1973-74 season, but the Eagles won the next 11 games, the most recent being a 74-67 victory in the 1988-89 campaign. In fact, three of the last four meetings between the Knights and the Eagles have been decided by seven points or less.
Morehead State (1-3) is under new management this season as Cayla Petree is in the middle of her first year as a head coach after already thriving at the junior college level at South Plains College in Texas and then Gulf. Coast State College in Florida, where in six seasons combined, its teams have competed in four national NJCAA tournaments.
Morehead State just lost 69-45 Wednesday to Robert Morris. The Eagles preceded that with a 72-53 home win over Midway. Morehead State opened the season with road losses to Michigan State and Marshall, 93-31 and 65-58.
Guard Lauren Carter is off to a good start for the Eagles, averaging a double-double at 16.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. She recorded 20 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, six steals and three blocks against Midway as well as 21 points and 11 rebounds against Marshall. Forward Jada Claude is second on the team with 9.3 points per game.
Bellarmine opened the season with four road games, and two of their opponents at Louisville and, more recently, Ohio State have been nationally ranked. The Knights lost 110-58 to the No. 21 Buckeyes on Tuesday; they were down five in the second quarter, but OSU had a massive run in the final six minutes of the period to pull away.
Junior Guard and Toledo Transfer Jaela Johnson had the best game of his college career after doubling his previous career record 24 points behind six 3 points against Ohio State. In the same game, top guard Bailee Harney set a new career high with 15 points. Two games ago, against Western Illinois, top guard Presley Brown delivered a career-high 26 points.
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