Robinson leads team to victory

Mariah Robinson goes up for a 3-point shot against Lipscomb Monday night. Robinson is averaging 21.4 points per game and has two double-doubles this season. || Michelle Grimaud/The News

Mariah Robinson goes up for a 3-point shot against Lipscomb Monday night. Robinson is averaging 21.4 points per game and has two double-doubles this season. || Michelle Grimaud/The News

With two double-doubles, the school record in 3-point shots and an Adidas OVC Player of the Week title, senior guard Mariah Robinson is starting her senior season with a bang.

The guard managed to average 23 points a game and 10 rebounds over two back-to-back victories for the Racers last week. In her performance against Evansville, Robinson capped a season-high 31 points.

Alongside junior guard Erica Burgess, Robinson played 37 minutes in her game against Lipscomb, making her the most active player on the team.

“Mariah Robinson has been outstanding for us at this point,” said Head Coach Rob Cross. “Her rebounding has been huge.”

Nominated as the captain for her final season at Murray State, her all-around athleticism has proven to be a key component to the Racers, who have picked up three consecutive wins in the past two weeks.

“She re-dedicated herself to becoming a better conditioned athlete over the summer,” Cross said. “She has done a lot of personal growth off the court, and I think that’s really contributed.”

In the second half against Lipscomb, Robinson managed to sink two 3-point shots in the first minute, pulling the Racers out of a six-point deficit carried over from the first half.

Her offensive dominance played behind the free-throw line as well, shooting 6-8 in free-throws against Lipscomb. If anything, her energy and sharp shooting beyond the perimeter and at the line is the source of strong momentum for the Racers heading deeper into their schedule.

Robinson has contributed not only in her shooting but also on the defensive end. She is currently the leading rebounder for the Racers this season and left Lipscomb with 11 rebounds.

“She’s in the top 20 in the nation in scoring and the top 20 in the nation in free throw attempts and free throws made,” Cross said. “She’s a much more aggressive player going to the rim and a much better rebounder. She understands that on the defensive board, as a guard, that she has to go and get a lot of rebounds and help her team. She’s done a really good job leading the team on and off the court.”

With the rate of her personal success and contribution to the effort of the team, Robinson shows no signs of slowing down now as the Racers go deeper in the schedule and prepare for conference play.

Her personal growth as a leader and dedication has shown statistically, in national ranks and in overall performance in the last few weeks.

“I couldn’t be more proud of her,” Cross said. “It’s a great thing to see not just from a basketball perspective but a personal perspective as well.”