It was hard for Eastern Kentucky University coach Chrissy Roberts to pinpoint just one problem after her team lost to SIU Edwardsville, 54-44, Monday in Edwardsville, Ill.

The Lady Colonels shot only 30 percent from the field, committed 23 turnovers, allowed 17 offensive rebounds and after a solid defensive performance in the first half, allowed 13 field goals in the final 20 minutes.

“How you can hold a team to 13 point sat half and then give up 41 points, I don’t know,” Roberts said. “If they would have been knocking down shots, they would have had a 15-point lead at half.”

The Lady Colonels (6-11) forced four first-half ties before senior Ilona Muszak hit back-to-back three-pointers to help them go up, 16-10, two minutes before halftime. EKU had a 17-13 lead going into the locker room.

“Ilona gave us some solid minutes,” Roberts said. “What we need is for some others to step up and start playing. She hit some shots that came at pretty big times. We just didn’t get there today.”

After taking a 38-37 lead off a jump shot by sophomore Cherie White, the Lady Cougars (3-15) went on a 10-point run and never allowed EKU to get back within six points the rest of the game. EKU committed two turnovers, missed three turnovers and had three fouls during the final push by SIUE.

“Turnovers hurt,” Roberts said. “It allows other teams another crack at the ball. I don’t know how much of a factor that was. We got outrebounded and gave up 17 offensive boards. That hurts a little. I think the offensive boards hurt us quite a bit.”

Freshman Kayla Drake scored 14 points off of 3-of-13 shooting. All three of the shots she connected on were from three-point range. She was also 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. White had nine points off of 4-of-11 shooting and Muszak also had nine points.

“I don’t know what we’ll take away from this loss,” Roberts said. “Hopefully, we’ll show up ready to play next time. If not, it’s going to be the same result. We’re going to have to toughen up. We’re going to have to play team ball. We have to find some heart.”

The Lady Colonels will complete a four-game road trip Saturday with a 5:15 p.m. contest at Morehead State.

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