After building a double-digit lead in the first half Saturday at Miami (Ohio) University, the Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team went stone cold in the second half, losing the lead and the game.
The Lady Colonels led by as many as 14 points, but eventually fell to the Lady RedHawks, 60-55.
Behind 11 points from sophomore Marie Carpenter, the Lady Colonels built a 34-22 lead at halftime.
EKU (4-6) led 38-24 when they began struggling from the field, going nearly 10 minutes without a field goal.
Miami took advantage, using a 12-0 run to cut the margin to 38-36.
The Lady Colonels used a 4-0 run (scoring all four points from the free throw line) to go back in front 42-36, but they continued to struggle to find the bottom of the net and watched as the Lady RedHawks surge ahead 43-42 with 9:47 to play.
EKU managed to tie the game at 48 on a basket by freshman Carla Booth, but Miami regained the lead and never relinquished it.
EKU did have a chance to tie the game at the end.
Trailing 58-55 with 17 seconds remaining the Lady Colonels turned the ball over before getting off a shot.
The Lady Colonels managed just seven-of-31 shooting (22.5 percent) in the second half, scoring only 21 points.
For the game, EKU shot 30.5 percent.
After committing just five turnovers in the first half, EKU had 14 turnovers in the second half.
Carpenter led the Lady Colonels with 14 points. She finished five-of-16 from the field, sinking all four three-point attempts.
Jade Barber added 12 points and had five rebounds and Alex Jones had 10 points and five rebounds.
Raechele Gray added nine points, Booth had five points, LaRa’e Allen had three points and 10 rebounds and Jasmine Stovall scored two points.
EKU is off next week because of finals.
The Lady Colonels return to action on Dec. 20 when they open OVC play at Jacksonville State.
Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.