It is about taking care of business. The Lady Colonels did so on Thursday, but they needed to finish the Nashville sweep Saturday at Tennessee State.

They did as Eastern Kentucky University (12-17, 9-11 OVC) booked a date with Murray State for Tuesday with a 78-71 win over the Lady Tigers.

“We did our part,” Lady Colonel coach Larry Joe Inman said. “It was a little scary. When we started I didn’t think we were shooting well and we weren’t guarding very well. We let (Kendra Appling) get off big time.”

The sophomore guard finished with a career-high 32 points.

But, EKU’s shots began to fall as Niki Avery and Crystal Jones tied with 23 points each. Andrea Jenkins 15 points and Amber Kirkpatrick 13 rounded out the Lady Colonels double-figure scorers.

Inman was pleased with his teams balance in scoring and also with Kirkpatrick’s 11 boards, Jenkins eight and Jones eight.

Slowly throughout the women’s game other teams made the postseason picture clear.

The University of Tennessee at Martin (16-13, 10-10) did what it had to do to sew up sixth seed in this weeks Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The Lady Skyhawks defeated Murray State, 62-60, on the final day of regular season to stay one win ahead of Eastern Kentucky University. UTM will play at third seed Morehead State (14-15, 13-7).

Samford (17-12, 12-18) ended Eastern Illinois University’s (10-19, 7-13) bid to get in as one of the final teams 70-49 in Alabama.

That loss secured a tournament berth for the Lady Colonels. But, with Austin Peay (10-19, 9-11) pulling off an upset, 74-66, of Morehead State EKU needed to win themselves to finish in seventh.

Despite watching a 10-point lead disappear into a tie 56-56 with 8:59 remaining, it surged with another run and the victory.

Ashley Cazee added to the special night reaching an individual mark.

Three was her magic number. She wears it and it was all she needed to become the 20th Lady Colonel to score 1,000 points. And she did it in three years.

“It’s an honor and I had no clue I was even that close,” the junior said. “It’s exciting and I’m glad I could do it in three years, it is an accomplishment.”

Cazee was on the verge of eclipsing the milestone heading into the final regular season game with 997.

And at the 2:19 mark in the first half, the junior hit her 29th three-pointer of the season — scoring the first points for EKU.

The Indiana native hit her second long range shot about three minutes later for good measure and her final points to finish with 1,003.

It was her first multiple three game since the last time EKU played the Lady Tigers.

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