The Richmond Register

December 3, 2013

OVC BASKETBALL: Lady Colonels look to snap three-game skid

By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer

RICHMOND — The Lady Colonels (3-5) look to finish up a three-game road swing on a high note tonight when they take on Marshall in Huntington W.Va

EKU is coming off its third-straight loss, 68-58, to Mississippi Valley State in the consolation game of the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Tournament Saturday in Hattiesburg Miss.

Marie Carpenter scored a game-high 27 points in the loss to the Devilettes. She had a trio of three pointers in the game, giving her 154 for her career, moving her ahead of EKU coach Chrissy Roberts for No. 5 on EKU’s all-time list.

Two Lady Colonels freshmen had outstanding games against MVSU as well.

Forward Nicole Bowers just missed her first-career double-double, coming off the bench to score eight points and grab nine rebounds. Guard Michaela Hunter, meanwhile, scored nine points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out three assists in her best performance as a Lady Colonel.

Marshall, playing its fourth consecutive game at home, broke a three-game skid of its own with a 23-point win over Southern Illinois on Saturday.

The Herd is a veteran team that is led in scoring by junior guard Leah Scott, who comes in averaging 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

Senior forward Suporia Dickens averages 8.4 points and 6.2, while junior A. J.. Johnson contributes eight points a game.

The Lady Colonels struggled on the boards Saturday against MVSU, getting outrebounded 58-37. To be successful tonight, they will have to contain Herd center Chukwuka Ezeigbo.

The 6-foot-3 junior is averaging 7.8 rebounds and 7 points per game, helping  make the Herd Conference USA’s third best rebounding team.

The Marshall defense as a whole is also tough, ranking third in the conference in three-point defense, allowing opponents to shoot only 24.4 percent from behind the arc. The Herd also ranks third in Conference USA in scoring defense as well, allowing only 36.4 percent shooting.

Marshall is 0-1 against Ohio Valley Conference teams this season, losing to Morehead State 53-51 on Nov. 18.

EKU leads the all-time series with Marshall, 16-8 — including 7-6 in games played in Huntington.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools in 11 years. The Lady Colonels won the last contest 95-73.

Tip-off for tonight’s game is 7 p.m.