By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
MADISON COUNTY —
The Lady Colonels dropped into a first-place tie in the OVC East Division with Tennessee Tech after a disappointing 67-47 loss to the Lady Eagles Thursday in Cookeville, Tenn.
It was the 10th straight loss for EKU in Cookeville.
The Lady Eagles went on an 8-0 run mid-way through the first half to take control of the game and went into the locker room up 35-22 at the half.
The second half was all Lady Eagles as they completely dominated every aspect of the game, blowing out to a 23-point lead and coasting the rest of the way.
It was an abysmal effort by the Lady Colonels all the way around.
EKU shot only 25.5 percent from the floor and 21.1 percent from behind the three-point line.
TTU outrebounded EKU 40-39 and forced the Lady Colonels into 15 turnovers while committing only 10 turnovers.
After holding the Lady Eagles to 38 percent shooting from the floor and only 21 percent from the three-point line in the game last week in Richmond, TTU hit 42.3 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from behind the arc on Thursday.
Alex Jones led the Lady Colonels with 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds. She picked up her 1,000th rebound seven minutes into the game, making her just the second Lady Colonel to ever reach both 1,000 points and rebounds in their career.
Brittany Coles finished with nine points and became the 22nd Lady Colonel to reach 1,000 career points.
Miranda Maples added eight points and six rebounds, while Raechelle Gray, LaRa’e Allen and Jalisa Bryant had four points each, Pilar Walker had three points, Jasmine Stafford and Shelly Harper had two points each and Jasmine Henshaw had one point.
Both TTU and EKU are one game ahead of third-place Belmont with one game remaining for both on Saturday.
With the win, the Lady Eagles all but locked up the coveted double bye in next week’s OVC Tournament in Nashville Tenn.
The Lady Colonels must win at Tennessee State on Saturday to secure a first-round bye in the tournament. There is still a glimmer of hope for EKU. If Morehead State upsets the Lady Eagles on Saturday and EKU beats Tennessee State, the Lady Colonels would win the East Division and gain the No. 2 seed in the tournament, and the double bye.
Game time Saturday against the Tigers is 6:30 p.m. from Nashville.