The EKU women’s basketball team has had a week since dropping its fifth-straight game last Saturday to Tennessee State to figure out how to right the ship and win enough games to make the field for the OVC Tournament in March.
Today at 1 p.m., the Colonels (8-14, 3-9 OVC) take on rival Morehead State (11-14, 7-5 OVC} in McBrayer Arena trying to end the dry spell and avenge an earlier 76-58 loss to the Lady Eagles in Morehead.
The Colonels are currently ninth in the OVC. Only the top eight teams make the conference tournament.
Eastern Illinois (9-17, 6-7) is seventh and Austin Peay (9-18, 6-8) is eighth.
In each of their recent losses, the Colonels have played well — and had leads — in the first half, only to see turnovers and long scoring droughts allow the other teams to go on runs to take control of the contests.
That was the case against Morehead as well.
EKU lead coach Greg Todd’s Lady Eagles 33-29 at the half.
But seven turnovers during a six-minute scoring drought to open the second half led to a 14-0 MSU run and the Lady Eagles won going away.
Junior Shameekia Murray led the Colonels in the loss with 16 points, while Mariah Massengill came of the bench to score a career-high 12 points.
Sophomore Michaela Hunter continues to lead the Colonels in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game. She also averages 6.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest.
Murray is second at 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
In the Colonels last contest at Tennessee State, Murray had 14 points.
Murray has scored in double figures in eight of the nine OVC games this season. She ranks fifth in the league in scoring in conference games at 16.7 points per contest.
Murray and Hunter are the only teammates ranked in the OVC’s top 10 in scoring in conference play.
Junior Shelly Harper continued her recent good play against the Lady Tigers as well, recording her team-best third double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Junior Miranda Maples leads the OVC in free throw percentage in conference games.
She has hit 21-of-23 free throws in OVC play and is 27-29, 93.1 percent for the season.
Because Wednesday’s game had to be postponed because of the weather, the Colonels have only played one game in the past 14 days.
This is the 88th meeting between the two rivals, with EKU holding a 45-42 advantage. The Colonels have won five of the last six meetings, dating back to 2012.