PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Women's Basketball) – In her Shawnee State debut, Ashley McMurtrey scored 26 points on 11-of-29 shooting, as the women's basketball team cruised to an 80-31 victory over Kent State University at Tuscarawas in SSU's opening game of the 2014-15 season on Saturday afternoon at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
The Bears were dominant in all phases of the game, jumping out to a 27-3 advantage in the first half. Despite struggling from behind the arc – SSU shot just 7-of-38 from three-point range – the squad was able to crash the boards, collecting 27 offensive rebounds.
Bruner scored the opening bucket of the season, connecting on a layup after an offensive rebound, as SSU scored the opening 12 points of the contest. Following a three by the Eagles, Rachel Young hit back-to-back triples to set up a 15-0 run in favor of the home squad.
The Bears poured on in the first stanza, as McMurtrey went 5-for-13 from the field to head to the locker room with a game-high 11. At the break the freshman had matched the entire total of Tuscarawas, who trailed Shawnee State, 46-11.
The second half featured much of the same – though at a reduced pace – as SSU began to come off the gas, opting instead to control possession of the ball. That did not stop Shawnee State's first-year from tacking on 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting.
Just like in the first stanza, it was a big run that set things off for SSU. Following a bucket by the Eagles to open the half, the Bears rattled off a 16-3 run to push the advantage to 62-16 midway through the second half.
Kent State-Tuscarawas was able to find an offensive rhythm over the final 10 minutes, nearly doubling its score over that time-frame. The Eagles closed with 15 more points to reach their final of 31. Taryn Hahn finished the contest with a team-high nine points. Abbie Slemmer added a team-high seven boards.
Point guard – and Shawnee's returning assist and points' leader – Abby Feuchter notched eight points to go along with a game-high 10 assists. As a squad, SSU passed out 21 dimes compared to just seven turnovers, none from the junior.
Shawnee State remains at home for a battle with Mount Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.