A slow start doomed the Colonels as they fell behind early to Tennessee Tech on Thursday in their first conference game of the season.

EKU (6-6, 0-1 OVC) went on a scoring spurt late in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to overcome an early Golden Eagle lead as TTU (8-4, 1-0 OVC) rolled to a 60-42 win at McBrayer Arena.

It was the 23rd-straight loss for the Colonels to a fellow Ohio Valley Conference foe.

The Colonels also were without two starters -- Shay Solomon and Teri Goodlett -- who are serving suspensions.

EKU never led on Thursday and trailed TTU by 12 points at the end of the first quarter.

The Golden Eagles opened the game on a 7-0 run -- with EKU unable to score for the first five minutes.

The Colonels made just 20 percent of their shots (7-for-35) from the field in the first half. TTU made 33 percent of its shots and turned 10 offensive rebounds into 12 second-chance points.

EKU hit on just 22 percent (12-for-54) for the night. Tennessee Tech connected on 33 percent of its attempts from the field and out-rebounded the home team 44-37.

EKU coach Samantha Williams said her team has struggled all season with offense and will need to find a way to score if they hope to compete in the OVC.

"Our ability to score has been my main concern. We struggle to finish and shoot. We will just have to go back to the drawing board and figure it out before Saturday… We have to figure out how to score if we want to be competitive in this league," Williams said.

Despite their offensive struggles, EKU did have some strong moments.

After TTU opened the game on its run, Qay Stanton made a jumper with five minutes left in the first quarter, but the Golden Eagles answered with another 7-0 run to make it 13-2 with 3:41 left in the first quarter.

EKU continued to battle and cut TTU's lead as close as six, 13-7, on a lay-up from De'ayra Davis and a three-pointer from Samari Mowbray. But, the Colonels hit another scoring drought as the Golden Eagles took a 19-7 lead going into the second quarter.

The Colonels were able to cut TTU's lead back to 10 points with with less than five minutes to go till halftime after Emma Hacker nailed a three-pointer and Bria Bass got a layup to make it 27-17.

That was a close as EKU would get for the rest of the game as the Golden Eagles continued to score -- taking their largest lead of the night with two minutes left in the third quarter 48-25.

Williams acknowledged after the game that the Colonels will need to attack earlier.

"It's been our Achilles Heel the whole season, we get behind and we have to play catch up. It's not a good position to put ourselves in almost every game," the coach said. "I thought we did a good job defensively tonight, (TTU) averages about 70 points a game and I knew if we could keep them to 50 or 60 -- we would have a chance. We just couldn't score tonight."

De'ayra Davis had a team-high nine points for the Colonels (6-6, 0-1 OVC). Bria Bass contributed seven points and seven rebounds. Freshman Anysa Jordan had five points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Kesha Brady scored a game-high 17 points for TTU. Mackenzie Coleman registered 12 points and eight rebounds.

The Colonels will play host to Jacksonville State University on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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