Despite a strong first quarter, the Eastern Kentucky University women's basketball team fell to University of Tennessee at Martin, 65-50, on Thursday night at McBrayer Arena.

Bria Bass scored a team-high 11 points for EKU, and I'Liyah Green led the team with eight rebounds.

EKU dropped to 8-12 (2-7 OVC) on the season, while UT Martin improves to 12-8 (7-1 OVC).

It was the Colonels third-straight loss.

EKU started the game off strong and jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead.

Qay Stanton scored six points in the run -- including two layups and a mid-range jumper -- while Green got a layup off and assist from De'ayra Davis.

UT Martin got on the board with two free throws with seven minutes left in the quarter, but Bass' lay-up closed out the quarter, putting EKU up 15-9.

Teri Goodlett's steal opened up play for the second quarter. After a single free throw from EKU's Samari Mowbray, the Skyhawks took over the game.

UTM scored 20-straight throughout the second quarter.

Demi Burdick kicked-off the run with a jumper, getting the Skyhawks within five. Brittni Moore scored the 20th point, giving the visitors a 29-16 advantage.

EKU trailed 33-18 at the break.

Mowbray opened up the third quarter with a three-pointer. The Colonels used a 7-0 run to close the gap to 41-30. Green's jumper at the 4:09 mark got the Colonels within seven of the lead, 41-34, but a 7-0 run from the Skyhawks extended their advantage to 48-34.

The Colonels attempted to rally with a steal from Green to start the fourth quarter, but back-to-back Skyhawk runs closed out the game.

Goodlett posted a game-high seven assists and three steals. Mowbray contributed eight points, five rebounds, and one block.

Chelsey Perry led all players with 15 points, 11 assists, and three blocks. Dasia Young added 12 points and two steals to the Skyhawks' totals.

EKU shot 36 percent from the field while UT Martin shot 38 percent. The Colonels struggled from three point range, shooting just 15.4 percent (4-of-26).

The Skyhawks out-scored the Colonels 10-7 in second chance points and out-rebounded EKU 47 -36.

The Colonels struggled with turnovers on Thursday, committing 20 for the game.

EKU remains at home to face Southeast Missouri State Saturday. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m.

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