Story by Sarah Combs, Staff writer
The Murray State Racers face second place UT Martin this Wednesday in the first round of the OVC Tournament. The Racers celebrated their last home game against the Skyhawks Saturday and honored their four seniors, Ajee Smith, Kyra Gulledge, Bianca Babic and Jashae Lee.
Ajee Smith is a 5-3 guard from Raleigh, North Carolina. She transferred from Southwest Tennessee Community College after transferring from Miami Dade College. She went to Knightdale High School, where she was an All-Conference selection and averaged 3.9 points as a freshman at Miami Dade. Smith has played in 24 games this year and averaged 17 minutes per game with 1.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. She logged a season-high 8 points against Tennessee State.
Kyra Gulledge is a 6-2 center from Olive Branch, Mississippi and a transfer from East Mississippi Community College. Gulledge played 26 games earning 26 minutes and contributing 7.2 points per game.
Shooting 54 percent from the field and 73 from the free throw line and adding 8.6 blocks. She had a season-high against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with 19 points, 8 offensive rebounds and 12 defensive.
When she was in Mississippi she helped the Lions take a Mississippi Class 2A state title in her freshman season. She also assisted in back-to-back 1A titled in her junior and senior years.
Bianca Babic is from Melbourne, Australia is a 6 foot forward who has played for Murray all four years of her eligibility.
In her freshman year, she played in 20 games, averaged 2.1 points and scored a career-high 10 points. Entering her second season, Babic started in 16 of her 26 games played. She averaged 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, adding more career-high stats to the board.
In 2014-15, Babic appeared in 23 games, averaging 12.3 minutes and 4.1 points. She averaged 31 percent from the 3-point line and sat in fifth on the team with 26 3-pointers.
Her senior year, she played in 24 games, averaging 18 minutes and putting up 4.7 points scoring her season-high 14 points at both Morehead State and Blue Mountain.
Jashae Lee from Rialto, California is a 5’9” guard and forward that transferred from New Mexico Junior College after her freshman year.
Before transferring to Murray State, Lee averaged 11 points and seven rebounds, she was named the WJCAC All-Conference and All-Region V Teams.
In high school Lee averaged 18.5 points per game in her senior year and left with eight school records.
In her first season with the Racers, Lee played in 28 games and started in nine. She averaged 6 points and 5 rebounds with 19.2 minutes of playing time.
For the 2014-15 season, Lee played in all 29 games and made six starts. She also shot 35 percent from the 3-point line.
In her senior year, Lee played in 26 games for the Racers, averaging 23 minutes and contributing 6.6 points per game, 72 percent from the free throw line and 32 percent from the arc. Lee scored her season-high of 15 points at both Southern Illinois and Tennessee State.