The Richmond Register

January 11, 2014

OVC BASKETBALL: Lady Colonels trying for fourth straight win over Morehead

By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer

RICHMOND — The Lady Colonels will looking to bounce back from their first conference loss of the season when they take on Morehead State (8-7, 2-0 OVC) at 5:15 today in Morehead.

EKU has won the last three meetings between the two teams and leads the all-time series 43-41.

EKU (86-, 2-1 OVC) staged a furious second-half comeback to get to with one point of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Tuesday, but couldn’t quite get over the hump and fell 75-71.

Three Lady Colonels fouled out of the game in which SIUE went to the free throw line 31 times, hitting 27 of those.

Marie Carpenter once again led the way for EKU with 20 points. Shelly Harper finished with 16 points and Pilar Walker had 13 points. Michaela Hunter had a good game with seven points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. It was Hunter’s steals that fueled the Lady Colonels late rally to close the gap to one point.

Carpenter moved past former teammate Alex Jones to No. 14 on the EKU all-time scoring list with 1,293 points.

Carpenter had one three pointer against the Cougars and now needs only four more to tie the EKU career three-pointers made record of 170.

Morehead State is coming off a 57-54 win over Edwardsville on Wednesday and has won four games in a row.

Senior guards Terrice Robinson and Shanice Parker had 14 points each in the win over the Cougars on Wednesday.

Robinson leads the Lady Eagles in scoring at 18.3 points per game. Almesha Jones is second, averaging 10.8 points per game, while Parker adds 7.8 points per game.

Today’s contest features the Ohio Valley Conference’s top two defenses going head-to-head.

The Lady Colonels lead the league, allowing their opponents only 63.7 points per contest, while Morehead is second, allowing 66.7 points per game.

EKU leads the OVC in rebounding margin at +3.1 rebounds per game, while the Lady Eagles are last in the conference with a -7.1 rebounding margin.

Morehead state lives and dies with the long range shot.

More than 36 percent of the Lady Eagles’ scoring comes by way of the three pointer, while only 22 percent of EKU’s offense comes from behind the arc.