By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
Balance was the name of the game for the Lady Colonels Saturday in their season-opening 84-54 exhibition game win over Ohio Valley University at McBrayer Arena.
Senior preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference pick Marie Carpenter led the way with 15 points as 13 Lady Colonels got in the scoring column.
Freshman post player Nicole Bowers scored 12 points and pulled down six rebounds, while junior Meredith Polson also registered in double figures with 10 points, while pulling down seven rebounds — six on the offensive end.
Lady Colonels coach Chrissy Roberts said for the most part she was pleased with her team’s play.
“I told them we are never going to be satisfied, but overall I was pleased tonight,” Roberts said. “Defensively we have some work to do. I had to call a timeout early in the second half because we just got too relaxed. We can’t take breaks off. They got seven 50/50 balls and we got one. That’s unacceptable. But, overall we played well.”
Carpenter is going to be counted on heavily for scoring this year, but the senior didn’t force shots against the Lady Scotts, instead, she let the game come to her and allowed her teammates to get involved early.
Even though EKU lost six seniors to graduation, Carpenter said she has the utmost confidence in her teammates, including the seven freshmen.
“I’m not really worried about scoring. A lot of people think I am, but I’m not because I believe in my teammates,” Carpenter said. “Coach brought in seven new players and they all contribute to the team, and the returning players can all score as well.”
Leading by only eight points with just more than 11 minutes left in the first half, the Lady Colonels went on a 9-0 run, with four players scoring, to take a 26-9 lead.
Spurred by its full-court pressure, EKU stretched its lead out to 44-18 at the half and never looked back.
Led by Bowers, the Lady Colonels freshmen combined for 30 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and four steals.
“It’s encouraging to have some young players who can score,” Roberts said. “It’s just going to be a matter of getting them out there on the floor and getting them some confidence.”
EKU shot 44 percent (32-72) from the floor and was one-of-seven from behind the three point line.
Pilar Walker and Jasmine Stafford finished with eight points each for the Lady Colonels, while Miranda Maples had seven points, Katie Pippin six, Amadi Brooks, Jasmine Henshaw, Mariah Massengill and Michaela Hunter added four points each and Shelly Harper had two points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Lady Colonels open the regular season on the road Nov. 8 when they take on Miami (Ohio).