The Richmond Register

January 12, 2014

OVC BASKETBALL: EKU tops Morehead for fourth-straight time

By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer

RICHMOND — The Lady Colonels picked up their fourth straight win over Morehead on Saturday, 79-58, in Morehead.

EKU led 48-36 after a pair of Jasmine Stafford free throws, but had to withstand a furious Lady Eagles comeback as MSU went on an 18-4 run to get to within six points at 60-54.

Marie Carpenter and Shelly Harper combined for seven-straight points to push it back out to 67-54 and they never let the Lady Eagles get any closer.

Carpenter led all scorers in the game with 25 points. Harper finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Pilar Walker also finished in double figures with 10 points. She also pulled down seven rebounds and had two assists and two steals.

The game was very tight early, with four ties and three lead changes before the EKU defense took over.

Thanks to that smothering defense, the Lady Colonels went on an 18-3 run and built a 26-11 lead.

But, fueled by nine first-half turnovers by the Lady Colonels, the Lady Eagles slowly climbed back into it.

Seven-straight points by MSU senior Terrice Robinson got the Lady Eagles to within 26-18.

Morehead then outscored the Lady Colonels 8-4 over the next four minutes to pull to within three, 30-27.

Carpenter put the Lady Colonels up 32-27, then following a basket by Makenzie Arledge, EKU reeled off the final six points of the half on baskets by Nicole Bowers, Carpenter and Walker to take the 38-29 lead at the half.

Miranda Maples had a very good game for the Lady Colonels, finishing with nine points, eight rebounds, two assists and five steals.

Michaela Hunter continued her good play in recent games, coming off the bench to score eight points. She also pulled down three rebounds and dished out two assists.

Jasmine Henshaw finished with five points and three rebounds, Jasmine Stafford had four points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals and Bowers and Mariah Massengill had two points apiece.

EKU shot 56 percent from the field.

The Lady Colonels return to action on Jan. 17 when they return to McBrayer Arena after three straight road games to take on Jacksonville State at 4 p.m.