The Lady Colonels returned home for the first time in OVC play as they welcomed Tennessee Martin into Alumni Coliseum. Lady Colonels lost all four league games on the road while the Skyhawks are 3-1 in OVC winners of the last three. Martin sits 1.5 game behind league leader Tennessee Tech while the Colonels are 4.5 games out of first and 2 games back of the 8th spot in the Ohio Valley. EKU is playing short handed as Senior Abby Wright misses her second game with a broken hand suffered at Murray State.
Eastern got on the score board first when Catie Kaifes knocked down a three ball. The opening quarter was back and forth with the Skyhawks taking the lead but it never went above six points. Colonels shoot 6-15 from the floor and trail 22-18 going into the second quarter. Neither team could find it’s mark early until Martin scores at the 7:47 mark. They would go on a 7-0 to stretch their advantage to eleven points at 29-18. Bria Bass answers with a three pointer and another basket to bring it back to six points. A pair of threes from Sade’ Hudson and Emma Davis helped the visitors to take a 39-24 lead at the break. Colonels shoot a woeful 2-13 in the second frame and only 28.6% in the first half. Bass leads the Colonels with 11 points half.
The second half started with the two teams trading three pointers but EKU couldn’t overcome their poor shooting, at one point the team was 1 for their last 16 attempts. A bright spot in the third quarter was the shooting of Kaifes, she knocked down three three pointers to try and keep her team close including back to back ones to end the third quarter. The Skyhawks were just too much to overcome tonight and they win 87-61. Colonels were led by Kaifes 18 points and 8 rebounds. Shay Solomon with 13 points 5 rebounds and 6 assists, Bria Bass 12 points and 8 rebounds. Terri Goodlett adds 11 points on 3-4 shooting with Mashayla Cecil 4 and Madison Pierce 3.
With the win Martin keeps pace with the Lady Golden Eagles in the OVC and the Colonels fall to 2-14 overall and 0-5 in league play.