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Coming on heels of a 21-win season, Morehead State gives women’s basketball coach Todd an extension

Following a 21-win season and the program’s first ever trip to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, Morehead State women’s basketball head coach Greg Todd has had his contract extended through the 2020-21 season. “I would like to thank Brian Hutchinson and Dr. Wayne Andrews for their continued support,” said Todd. “An extension helps with current recruits...

With McQueen sidelined, Morehead State women upset by Eastern Kentucky in OVC tourney opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Something – no, make that someone – was missing from Morehead State’s game plan Wednesday. Brianna McQueen could only watch as the second-seeded Eagles fell 73-67 to seven-seed Eastern Kentucky in the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament. McQueen, a 5-foot-3 fifth-year senior and MSU’s first-team all-conference pick, suffered a...

Morehead State women topple Tennessee Tech for 20th win of the season, No. 2 seed in OVC tourney

Riding double-digit scoring outputs from five different players, Morehead State cruised to an 81-52 win at Tennessee Tech on Monday evening. Morehead State jumped out to a 23-5 lead after one quarter, holding a 42-12 advantage at halftime. The Eagles led by as many as 37 in the wire-to-wire victory. Recently minted 1,000-point scorer Eriel McKee anchored the offensive attack with a game-high 14 points...

Sports Notes: By any definition, Pitino’s exiting salute to UK fans took some shine off a great game

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor A few leftover ramblings from a great rivalry game that lived up to the hype … Louisville coach Rick Pitino criticized the officiating at halftime of Saturday’s Kentucky game to CBS sideline reporter Dana Jacobson. He was later called for a technical, then capped his day by allegedly flipping off some rowdy fans on his way out of the gym after the...

Morehead’s Crockett, Eastern’s O’Bannon earn freshman, newcomer of week honors from OVC

For the second straight week, Morehead State freshman guard Miranda Crockett has been named the OVC Freshman of the Week. Last week against Georgia State, Crockett became the third player in the NCAA this season to record a triple-double. She accumulated 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists in the 99-90 victory over the Panthers, helping the Eagles to their first road win of the year. Morehead State...

Double Trouble: Epps puts up a triple, three more hit doubles as Wildcats manhandle Morehead

Junior Makayla Epps recorded the second triple-double in program history on Wednesday night at Memorial Coliseum as the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team beat the Morehead State Eagles 112-57. With the win, UK stays perfect at 3-0 on the season. MSU falls to 2-1, suffering its first defeat of the year. Epps had six points, eight rebounds and nine assists at the half, needing just four...

Sports Notes: Wildcat fans are starting to question whether Stoops and Co. are up to the task

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor After more than a month of watching junior quarterback Patrick Towles’ play regress, after watching Towles and his offense fail to score a point after gaining first downs inside the Vanderbilt five-yard line twice, after seeing Towles audible to a fade pass and throw a killer interception from the VU one, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops finally decided he had...

Sixth-seeded Morehead State women build early lead, but fall to TSU in OVC tournament

Morehead women’s basketball coach Greg Todd and seniors Almesha Jones and Casey Ryans met with the media in the post-game press conference at Municipal Auditorium Thursday (MSU Athletics Photo)   The sixth-seeded Morehead State women’s basketball team led by as many as 10 points over third-seeded Tennessee State in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals Thursday, but the...

Morehead star Jones named to All-OVC squad; Eastern's Murray leads second team

Morehead State women’s basketball senior guard Almesha Jones has been named first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference.   Jones is the first MSU player named to the first team since Chynna Bozeman in 2010-11. Jones was a second-team selection last season.   Eastern Kentucky junior Shameekia “Polly” Murray was voted to the All-OVC second team.   Almesha Jones was a first-team All-OVC...

Morehead bumps Thursday's men's, women's basketball games due to weather conditions

Both of Morehead State’s Thursday basketball games (Feb. 19) have been postponed until Monday (Feb. 23) due to poor weather conditions in Kentucky and Tennessee. The Eagle women will host Tennessee Tech at 5 p.m., while the MSU men will visit Tennessee State at 8 p.m.   The decisions were made due to snow accumulations of more than a foot in Eastern Kentucky and an ice storm which has caused...

Morehead State women's basketball game with Tenn. Tech postponed to Thursday

Morehead State’s home women’s basketball game versus Tennessee Tech has been postponed until Thursday at 6 p.m. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday night.   The move was made due to heavy snow, temperatures below freezing and forecasted inclement weather. It took into consideration the safety of fans, student-athletes, coaches, officials and game operations personnel.   It...

Sports Notes: Todd's history of success seems to be rubbing off on Morehead State program

Morehead State head women’s basketball coach Greg Todd has the Eagles in third place in the Ohio Valley Conference race (MSU Athletics Photo / Larry Gooding)   Morehead State women’s basketball coach Greg Todd is no stranger to success; he’s won big at every stop along his coaching career.   Todd, who’s in his first season as the Eagles’ boss, moved to the Division...

Sports Notes: Todd’s history of success seems to be rubbing off on Morehead State program

Morehead State head women’s basketball coach Greg Todd has the Eagles in third place in the Ohio Valley Conference race (MSU Athletics Photo / Larry Gooding)   Morehead State women’s basketball coach Greg Todd is no stranger to success; he’s won big at every stop along his coaching career.   Todd, who’s in his first season as the Eagles’ boss, moved to the Division...

Morehead State guard Jones breaks 30-year women's basketball school assists mark in loss

Almesha Jones set Morehead State’s career assist record Saturday breaking the old mark held by Irene (Moore) Strong for more than 30 years (MSU Athletics Photo)   Morehead State senior guard Almesha Jones set a new career assist record Saturday during the Eagles’ 72-64 women’s basketball loss at Jacksonville State.   Jones broke Irene (Moore) Strong’s record, a mark...

Early scoring run, big edge on boards the difference as UK women handle Morehead

UK’s Linnae Harper had 10 points and 13 rebounds to help the Wildcats to a win over state rival Morehead (UK Athletics Photo)   No. 13 Kentucky opened the game on a 14-0 run and went on to defeat Morehead State 91-62 Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.   The Wildcats, coming off an impressive win over No. 8 Baylor on Monday night, improved to 3-0, while the Eagles lost for the first time...

Morehead's Jones OVC Player of the Week; McKee gets Freshman of the Week honors

Morehead State’s Almesha Jones (left) and Eriel McKee where honored for their play by the Ohio Valley Conference (MSU Athletics Photo)   Morehead State senior guard Almesha Jones and freshman forward Eriel McKee have earned Ohio Valley Conference weekly accolades.   Jones was named the league’s official Player of the Week and also earned the conference’s standout player...

Morehead adds former Division I Niagara coach Parker to women's basketball staff

Brittany Parker, a native of Waterbury, Conn., has been named an assistant coach for the Morehead State women’s basketball program.   Parker spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Niagara (N.Y.), where she was also video coordinator and community service coordinator.   Brittany Parker is joining head coach Greg Todd’s staff at Morehead (Photo from Morehead Athletics) “Brittany...

Former Parade Magazine All-American Viela transfers to Morehead State from Gonzaga

Maiki Viela, a former Parade Magazine All-American, has decided to transfer to Morehead State from Gonzaga (Photo from Morehead Athletics)   Maiki Viela, a former Parade Magazine High School All-American who played three seasons at nationally-ranked Division I Gonzaga, has transferred to Morehead State and will join the women’s basketball program. She has one season of collegiate eligibility...

Todd adds a familiar face to Morehead basketball roster: his daughter Brooke

Former Paul Dunbar star Brooke Todd will be play for her father, Greg, at Morehead State next year (Photo from Morehead Athletics)   Brooke Todd, a 6-3 forward from Lexington, Ky., has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Morehead State women’s basketball program, where she will be coached by her father, Greg, who is beginning his first year in the lead role at MSU.   “I...

Perry County Central scoring star Rankin accepts scholarship to Morehead State

Kayla Rankin, who scored more than 3,500 career points at Perry County Central, has signed a scholarship with Morehead State (Photo from Morehead Athletics)   Kayla Rankin, who scored more than 3,500 career points at Perry County Central High School in Hazard, has signed a scholarship agreement to join the Morehead State women’s basketball program.   “Our staff feels Kayla could...