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Crockett's Career Night Leads Women's Basketball To Win Over Valpo

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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2018 7:57 am

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Senior guard Miranda Crockett scored a career-high of 30 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as Morehead State women's basketball grinded out a 68-62 victory over Valparaiso in the Vinewood Farm Classic on Friday evening at Johnson Arena.

The All-Ohio Valley Conference guard knocked down 10-of-16 shots from the field and sank 10-of-11 shots from the charity stripe. Crockett's previous career-best was 28 against Lipscomb in a 75-55 win on December 12, 2017.

Despite Crockett's efforts, the Eagles found themselves in a battle from the opening tip with a Crusaders squad that entered the evening 0-3. Morehead State trailed 36-34 at the halftime buzzer after allowing Valpo's offense to hit seven triples.

 "They were knocking down shots and made us rethink our press," said head coach Greg Todd. "We adjusted and played more half court man-to-man defensively. We hadn't played much that way in our first two games so I was pleased we were able to get this win."

The Eagles gave up only two more three-pointers to the visitors and held the Crusaders to 8-of-25 (.320) shooting in the second half as they pulled out the win.

Morehead State had a very efficient night offensively, shooting 26-of-52 (.500) but turned the ball over 25 times.

"I felt like we were out of sync a lot of the evening offensively but found good shots when we were patient," said Todd.

Joining Crockett with double-digit scoring figures was senior guard Crystal Simmons-Cozarwith 12 points. Simmons-Cozar was 5-of-6 (.833) from the field and tied Darianne Seward for a team-best four assists.

Junior guard Aliyah Jeune, who is the reigning OVC Player & Newcomer of the Week, cooled off offensively as she tallied just seven points after opening the season with back-to-back 28-point outings.

Crockett has now scored in double figures the first three games of the season. The Martinsville, Virginia, native is averaging 24 points and eight assists per game.

 "She does a great job of taking what the defense gives her," said Todd. "She's a special player that has a great pull-up jumper, has the ability to get to the rim, and can make free throws and I thought she had a terrific all-around performance tonight." 

Morehead State improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2005-06 with the win. 

The Crusaders fell to 0-4 on the season.

 The Eagles jump right back into action Saturday as the Vinewood Farm Classic rolls on at Johnson Arena. Morehead State will take on Chicago State at 5:05 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed live on ESPN +.