TISHOMINGO, OK -- Murray State College opened the spring conference season with back-to-back games, hosting Northern Oklahoma College-Enid and Carl Albert State College.
The Lady Aggies took advantage of home-court advantage and bettered their record by two games. Led by a stellar performance by Ivana Jakubcova, the Lady Aggies defeated NOC-Enid 68 to 58. They took down Carl Albert 57 to 49.
Jakubcova had a triple-double versus NOC-Enid. She put up twenty-six points, pulled down fourteen rebounds and had ten blocks. Tierani Richardson had 14 points and 5 assists. Toni Cheadle and Jasmine Gaddis each had 8 points. Cheadle also chipped in 6 rebound, 4 assists and blocks.
The Lady Aggies are playing without their starting point guard after LaShanda Green was benched due to injury. Green was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. That was some good news to Head Coach Phil Daniel, who was afraid the injury may have been far worse. Daniel says he hopes Green will be back on the court in two weeks.
"I think she's going to play through pain the rest of the year. I don't think she'll play pain free," says Daniel. "At least it's not a stress-fracture. That's what worried me."
Daniel says despite the wins, the team has some work to do. Turnovers have been a problem for the Lady Aggies. The team had 21 turnovers against Northern, but was able to cut down on that number versus Carl Albert. He also says his players need to do a better job being aggressive for rebounds.
"Last night [versus Carl Albert] was sloppy. It wasn't very pretty, but we got a win," says Daniel. "We're still trying to figure out how to play without Shanda. Tierani and Jasmine do a great job. They're just not really settled in that role like Shanda has been for two years."
The men's team split the games, losing to NOC-Enid 46-77 and defeating Carl Albert 71-66.