The Colonels haven't qualified for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament since 2017.

And to get back to the postseason, they will need to come up with a few victories in next week.

That won't be easy.

The Colonels are set to wrap up a five-game road swing with match-ups with two of the league's top teams.

EKU takes on Southeast Missouri State (13-8, 11-5 OVC), today in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Game time is set for 7 p.m.

The Colonels will then travel to UT-Martin on Saturday to take on the first-place Skyhawks (14-4, 13-2).

EKU remains in ninth place in the league standings with five regular-season games left. The Colonels (7-12, 6-9 OVC) trail eight-place Eastern Illinois (9-12, 7-9) a game and have just a one-game lead over Morehead State (6-13, 5-10).

Only the top eight teams move on to the OVC Tournament.

The Colonels had a chance to improve their postseason chances on Monday. They had a 20-11 lead after the first quarter on the road against Jacksonville State.

EKU's top three scorers -- Jayla Johnson, Kendall Wingler and Alice Recanati -- however, spent most of the second quarter on the bench. The Gamecocks rallied to take the lead and pulled away for a 73-55 win.

"When we got in foul trouble, that really disrupted our flow," EKU coach Samantha Williams said in a postgame radio interview. "It was a major disruption."

Wingler finished with 16 points, while Johnson and Recanati had 11 points each. The Colonels got just four points off the bench.

On Monday, prior to the game, Johnson was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week.

Johnson averaged 21 points and four rebounds per game on 49 percent shooting last week -- in a win over Tennessee State and a loss to Belmont.

The 6-foot-2 forward from Dallas, scored a career-high and game-high 26 points against Belmont. She had 15 points in the win over Tennessee State.

Johnson has scored in double figures in 10 straight games and leads the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game.

This is the third time this season Johnson has earned OVC Newcomer of the Week honors.

EKU lost to SEMO, 61-51, last month at McBrayer Arena.

The Colonels will wrap up the regular season with three home games next week -- Austin Peay (Monday), Belmont (Thursday) and last-place Tennessee State. (Saturday).

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