With eight regular-season games left on the schedule, the Colonels (6-10, 5-7) find themselves in an unenviable position.

They have lost five-straight games, causing them to slip into ninth place in the Ohio Valley Conference standings as they prepare for a five-game, 10-day road swing.

That difficult stretch begins today in Nashville.

EKU is set to take on Belmont (10-5, 7-3 OVC). Game time is set for 5 p.m. and the broadcast will be available on ESPN+.

The Colonels suffered an 82-66 loss to Murray State on Saturday at McBrayer Arena. EKU had a 21-17 lead after the opening period, but was out-scored by the Racers 23-13 in the second quarter.

The Colonels shot just 39 percent and had 12 turnovers.

Jayla Johnson had 22 points and five rebounds. On Tuesday, the senior transfer from Texas State was 9-of-20 from the field, including 2-of-3 from three-point range.

Johnson has scored double-figures in six straight games now and leads the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game.

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

The Colonels are two games behind both Eastern Illinois (7-7) and Murray State (7-7), which are tied for seventh place.

Only the top eight teams advance to the OVC Tournament next month in Evansville, Ind.

Belmont had won four-straight games before falling at home to SEMO Tuesday on the road.

Destinee Wells had 19 points and nine assists in the loss to the Redhawks. On Tuesday, she was named the OVC Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.

Belmont ranks sixth in the country in steals a game.

The Bruins have completely dominated the rivalry with EKU. They lead the series 22-4, including 15-straight wins.

EKU will take on winless Tennessee State on Saturday in Nashville.

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