King sets single-game assist record in MSU win

Mark Spitz once said, “Life is true to form; records are meant to be broken.” The 827 in attendance at D.L. Ligon Coliseum Saturday saw a significant record broken, with Frances King setting the MSU program record for assists while leading the Mustangs to a 79-73 win over St. Mary’s.

King finished the game with 16 assists, setting a school record for most assists in a game, besting MSU great Mindy Myers’ former record of 13 assists set against Western New Mexico in February 1994.

“Mindy was an incredible player, and she still comes around when she’s in the area,” MSU coach Christopher Reay said. “Frances and Mindy have talked jokingly at alumni games about the assist record. That’s what is meant to happen to records. It was a great performance by Frances and props to her teammates for finishing the plays.”

Morgan Lenahan and Hannah Reynolds enjoyed the fine passing ability of King by leading the Mustangs with 24 points apiece. King added 13 points to add a double-double to her record-setting day.

“We’d been struggling against the zone, and we finally found the gaps and the confidence to find those gaps, then we took advantage of our opportunities,” Reay said.

MSU will play its next four games on the road before returning home to meet West Texas A&M on Jan. 27, with the contest scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. 

Midwestern State 79, St. Mary’s 73

ST. MARY’S (1-12, 0-2)

Sarai Estupinan 1-5 4-6 7; Faith Phillips 3-6 1-2 7; Sydney Hardeman 5-15 0-0 15; Tonia Bilic 3-7 0-0 6; Hannah Wilson 7-17 3-5 17; Michaela Kucera 1-4 0-0 2; Juliett Martinez 0-0 0-0 0; Ariana Rosado 0-1 0-0 0; Briley Perkins 3-5 0-0; Bella Hughes 0-0 0-0 0; Christina Baker 5-6 1-1 11. Totals 28-66 9-14 73.

MIDWESTERN STATE (7-5, 2-1)

Shawnisay Millar 2-6 0-0 4; Frances King 3-9 6-8 13; Hannah Reynolds 11-14 2-2 24; Markayla Johnson 0-2 1-2 1; Morgan Lenahan 8-16 5-6 24; Eternity Jackson 1-1 0-0 3; Sheridan Bostic 1-4 1-2 4; Maya Kendall 0-0 0-0 0; Yasmine Sifaoui 2-4 0-0 4; Jordan Mathis 0-3 2-6 2. Totals 28-59 17-26 79.

StMU    –  15  24  12  22 – 73

MSU    –  20  20  17  22 – 79   

3-Point Goals — StMU 8-20 (Estupinan 1-3, Hardeman 5-13, Bilic 0-1, Kucera 0-1, Perkins 2-2); MSU 6-17 (King 1-4, Johnson 0-2, Lenahan 3-5, Jackson 1-1, Bostic 1-4, Mathis 0-1). Fouled Out — StMU (None); MSU (None). Rebounds — StMU 39 (Wilson 11); MSU 35 (Reynolds 9). Assists — StMU 20 (Estupinan 9); MSU 23 (King 16). Total Fouls — StMU 21, MSU 15. Technicals — StMU (Team); MSU (None). A — 827.