A second-quarter shooting slump doomed the Colonels on Wednesday night as they fell to the Redhawks, 75-57.
“That has been our Achilles heel (for the past two games) and that is what happened (in the loss) at Butler,” EKU coach Samantha Williams said after the game.
The Colonels now have back-to-back losses after falling to Butler University, 73-41, on Sunday in Indiana.
“We started off somewhat OK, but then the bottom fell out in the second quarter. We repeated that today unfortunately. Our half-court execution is not where it needs to be… we were also missing layups and didn’t have good ball control tonight,” Williams said.
EKU seemed poised to stay with the Redhawks in a back-and-forth battle in the opening minutes of the first quarter.
Freshman Anysa Jordan fired off a jumper from the right side to tie the game up 14-14 with 3:08 to go in the first quarter.
However, seconds later a free throw from Miami jump-started a scoring rampage.
Powered by hot-shooting point guard Lauren Dickerson, the Redhawks blasted EKU on a 27-4 run to take a 35-16 lead with 4:42 till halftime.
The Colonels could not find the basket during the Redhawks scoring spurt and remained scoreless for eight minutes. I’Liyah Green got EKU back on the board with a hard-fought layup to make it 37-18 in the second quarter.
EKU trailed by 19 points at halftime (41-22) after scoring just six points in the second quarter on 3-of-16 shooting from the field.
The Colonels committed 11 turnovers in the first half, while the Redhawks racked up seven steals. EKU ended the game with 22 turnovers, while Miami had 13.
“That is too many turnovers. We been averaging 20 a game. That’s not going to get you very far. It is something we are definitely going to work on in practice,” Williams said.
After a tough first half, EKU came out in the third quarter on fire with Bria Bass leading the way.
The Colonels raced out on an 8-0 run to start the second half, with Bass contributing 12 of EKU’s 24 points in the third quarter.
Bass was able to cut the visitor’s lead to six points with 23 seconds to go in the third quarter with a jumper.
“I didn’t think we were playing aggressive enough (in the first half),” Williams said of her discussion with her team at halftime. “I wanted to explore that Bria Bass matchup. I didn’t think they could guard her. It was great to see her break out today. We needed her to break out.”
Bass said she was determined to give it her all off the bench.
“(Williams) has been on me to be more aggressive and when I get in the lane to just go… It worked out in my favor today. I was just thinking about trying to get us points and get us back in it,” Bass said of her third quarter hustle.
After shooting just 18.8 percent from the field in the second quarter, the Colonels were 71.4 percent and 66.7 percent from the field and beyond the arc in the third.
However, the Redhawks answered in the fourth quarter and pulled away again with another 10-0 run and never looked back.
EKU out-rebounded the Redhawks 36-31 and got 31 bench points on the night, but Miami scored 19 points off Colonel turnovers.
Bass led the Colonels with 17 points and seven rebounds on 7-of-16 shooting. Bass took twice as many shots as any other teammate on Wednesday. Anysa Jordan contributed 11 points. I’Liyah Green had eight point and five rebounds. Shay Solomon had eight points, six rebounds and a team-high four assists.
Dickerson led all players with 37 points and eight assists while also racking up four steals.
The Colonels will travel to Macon, Ga., on Sunday to face Mercer University next.