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The Colonels delivered a gritty defensive performance Friday on the road that led to a solid non-conference victory.

EKU forced 23 turnovers, which led to 18 points, and also got 27 points off the bench in a 62-45 win over Chattanooga.

Senior Jayla Johnson had 18 points and seven rebounds, while Kendall Wingler and Emma Hacker each had eight points.

The Colonels (3-2, 2-0 OVC) have won three-straight games.

The Mocs were 6-of-31 from three-point range as EKU stayed in a zone defense for most of the game.

The Colonels led 33-18 at halftime and pushed ahead by as much as 19 points in the second half.

Chattanooga took a 5-0 lead after EKU committed four turnovers in the first two minutes.

The Colonels responded with a 21-6 run that Wingler jump-started with a pair of three-pointers.

EKU had 21 points from non-starters in the first half.

The Mocs cut the deficit to 11 points (44-33) at the end of the third quarter.

Johnson was 8-of-17 from the field in her third game as a Colonel.

Alice Recanati had seven points. Kynnedy Azubike and Anysa Jordan each had six points. Bria Bass had five points and Amerah Steele had four points.

EKU shot 43.4 percent from the field and hit 4-of-10 three-pointers.

Chattanooga shot 25.5 percent from the field.

The Colonels had 18 turnovers, but also had 30 points in the paint and 11 second-chance points.

EKU is set to return to action Tuesday at No. 16 Northwestern.

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