Trojans back in game
The Troy Trojans ended a three-game losing streak in a big way, defeating visiting Spring Hill College 93-45 in non-conference action Saturday afternoon.
The 93 total points tied the highest total scored for a Michael Murphy-coached team, and is the highest total scored by a Troy team since the Trojans defeated Chicago State 113-58 on Jan. 20, 1998.
Kylie Morrissy led the Trojans with 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the floor, while grabbing seven rebounds. Alyce Shearing scored a career-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, while grabbing seven rebounds, amd Danielle Realph added 10 in the victory.
The Trojans shot 54.9 (39-of-71) percent from the floor, 33.3 (4-of-12) percent from beyond the arc and 57.9 (11-of-19) percent from the free throw line. They also outrebounded Spring Hill 52-33, while holding the Lady Badgers to 23.2 (13-of-56) percent from the floor and 13 (3-of-23) percent from beyond the arc.
“I was pretty pleased with the way the game turned out,” Murphy said. “This game came at the right time, we have been off for 10 days for finals and it gave us a chance to play some of our younger kids.”
The Trojans put the game away early, going on a 30-9 run to open the contest in the game’s first 12 minutes.
Troy scored the game’s first six points, getting points from three different players – Shearing, Donette McNair and Morrissy. After Spring Hill trimmed the lead to 8-6, the Trojans outscored the Lady Badgers 16-0 over a span of 4:49; keyed by a pair of 3-point baskets from sophomore Lucy Lindley. Morrissy added six points in the run, while Kirsten Smith and Tenia Manuel contributed baskets.
The lead grew to as many as 23 in the first half, with Spring Hill closing the gap to 36-17 with 3:57 remaining in the opening stanza. The Trojans were able to push the lead back to 22 at 44-22 at the half with stellar defense and a pair of baskets from Realph (including a 3-pointer).
The Trojans were lights out in the first half shooting the basketball, connecting on 58.8 (20-of-34) percent of their shots from the floor and 66.7 (2-of-3) percent of their shots from beyond the arc.
They also held Spring Hill to just 24 (6-of-25) percent shooting from the floor and 16.7 (2-of-12) percent from beyond the arc.
The second half was much the same story as the first, with the Trojans opening the second stanza on a 32-12 run. They continued that play after Spring Hill trimmed the deficit to 81-39, closing the game on a 12-6 run.
Troy hits the road for the next five contests beginning Tuesday night against George Washington University. Tip-off is set for 6:30 pm at the Charles E. Smith Center and can be heard on TroyTrojans.com.