OVC WOMEN'S HOOPS: Late surge helps Belmont top EKU

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The Colonels battled back and got themselves in position to break two long losing streaks on Thursday in Nashville.

Alice Recanati's floater in the lane pulled EKU even (73-73) with just more than two minutes left.

The Colonels, though, wouldn't score again.

Belmont ended the game on a 9-0 run and claimed an 82-73 win over EKU (6-11, 5-8 Ohio Valley Conference). Senior Jayla Johnson had 26 points and four rebounds, but the Colonels had 15 turnovers as they suffered their sixth-straight loss.

It was also EKU's 16th-consecutive loss to Belmont (11-5, 8-3 OVC).

"We are just going to regroup here (in Nashville)," EKU coach Samantha Williams said in a postgame radio interview. "We will break down this film and try to look at what we can do better. We will move on from this game."

The Colonels are set to return to action on Saturday against last-place Tennessee State (0-17, 0-15 OVC) in Nashville.

EKU got off to a fast start against the Bruins.

Led by Johnson and Emma Hacker, the Colonels raced out to a 19-7 lead. Belmont finished the first quarter on a 13-2 run to pull within a point.

The Bruins took a 41-35 lead into halftime, despite shooting 26 percent from the field.

Johnson had 14 points in the first half.

The senior transfer from Texas State was 10-of-18 from the field for the game, including 2-of-2 from three-point range.

"She's a high-energy, emotional player," Williams said of Johnson. "She's a big-time payer."

The Colonels entered the game as the fourth-best free throw shooting team in the OVC. EKU was just 11-of-17 from the line against Belmont, though.

Emma Hacker hit three three-pointers and finished with 16 points. Kendall Wingler had 15 points and six rebounds, while Bria Bass finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Both teams shot 48 percent from the field and hit eight three-pointers (EKU 8-of-22, Belmont 8-of-28).

After Recanati tied the game, Conley Chinn hit a three-pointer to put the Bruins back in front for good. The Colonels immediately turned the ball over, which led to a Destinee Wells lay-up.

Well had a team-best 26 points for Belmont. Chin had 15 points.

Recanati had five assists and four points. Anysa Jordan added two points for EKU.

The Colonels will once again look to snap their losing streak on Saturday when they take on the only winless team in the OVC.

"Despite what Tennessee State's record is, we've got to go in with the same gameplan," Williams said.

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