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TISHOMINGO — Bailee Eldred and Hannah Howard scored 12 points apiece. Carolyne Lawley contributed nine.

Murray State coach Justin Cellum praised his team's shot selection during the Aggies 88-54 win against NOC – Tonkawa Thursday in Tishomingo.

Eldred, a sophomore from Sulphur, shot 5 of 9 from the field, including 1 of 3 from three-point distance. She hit the free throw she attempted.

Howard, a freshman from Lone Grove, shot 4 of 12 from the field, with nine attempts from behind the three-point line. She converted her four field goals from distance.

Lawley, a sophomore from Tishomingo, converted 4 of 6 from the field and 1 of 2 from the free-throw line.

Amaka Nwakamma led MSC with 16 points.

Murray State (5-9) outscored Tonkawa 53-27 in the middle two quarters to build on a 16-12 lead after the first period. The Aggies snapped their seven-game losing streak.

“We took great shots,” Cellum said. “We were patient.”

Cellum also said the Aggies limited Tonkawa's looks — then did a good job collecting the rebounds.

Howard missed a double-double by one rebound. She pulled down nine caroms — one offensive — to accompany her four steals and two turnovers.

Eldred added five assists, four rebounds — two offensive — three blocks, a steal and four turnovers in 20 minutes.

MSC returns to play at 5:30 p.m. Monday, at Seminole State College.