The Lady Colonels knew to watch for Chelsee Insell and Alex Munday, but never imagined they would be hurt by Megan Wilderotter of Samford.

However, the junior guard who averages 5.3 points per game, stepped up big Saturday to thwart Eastern Kentucky University’s (10-17, 7-11 OVC) hopes of pulling off an upset.

And she did it from behind the three-point line even though she came in averaging 15.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Her four threes and game-high 20 points spoiled senior day for Andrea Jenkins and Tamika Bowers, 62-51.

Despite losing, EKU remains ahead of Eastern Illinois (9-18, 6-12) for the eighth and final tournament spot. The Lady Panthers lost to Murray State (18-7, 14-4) on Saturday, 70-67.

“We never dreamed that Wilderotter was going to shoot the ball like she did,” Lady Colonel coach Larry Joe Inman said. “She had been shooting like 15 or 16 percent from three land. And she decides to go off tonight and she goes four-of-six. She played great for them. She was the difference maker I thought.”

Early on everything seemed to be bouncing in EKU’s favor. It had a 16-8 lead on seven-of-10 shooting.

The Lady Colonels then withstood a 10-0 spurt by Samford to head into the locker room up 34-29.

“We played such a great first half, to play such a bad second half,” Inman said.

They start by shooting 61.9 percent in the first 20 minutes, while keeping the Lady Bulldogs leading scorers — Alex Munday and Veronica Pike — scoreless.

But, EKU turned around and hit just seven-of-30 in the second half and Munday stepped up when her team needed her the most.

“We missed three-foot shots and we’ve got nobody to blame but ourselves. You can’t get any better looks than we did in the second half,” Inman said. “If you are within three feet of the basket you are supposed to deliver those. We didn’t deliver.”

Munday had just eight points, with her first basket coming with 6:43 remaining. Her other six points came during a 15-4 stretch where the Lady Bulldogs put EKU away.

Inside the last six minutes, the Lady Colonels tied the game twice. First off a three-point play by Amber Kirkpatrick.

Munday answered that with a basket of her own, followed by two free throws for a four-point lead, 51-47.

Crystal Jones cut it to two and after Pike missed the front end of a one-plus-one, Ashley Cazee knotted the game from the free throw line, 51-51.

The junior’s foul shots came with 3:02 remaining and were the last points for EKU, as Samford closed on an 11-0 run.

Kirkpatrick and Cazee led the scoring with 14 points each, while Jones added 10.

The Lady Colonels return to action at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday at Austin Peay.

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