Archive | November, 2017

A'Queen Hayes was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Newcomer of the Week

A’Queen Hayes was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week

Posted on 21 November 2017 by admin

OVC Newcomer of the Week

The Ole Miss transfer was chosen as the OVC Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University junior guard A’Queen Hayes was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week, the league announced from its Brentwood, Tennessee headquarters.

In two games last week, Hayes was tied on the team in scoring (18.5 ppg) and was second on the team in rebounds (7.5 rpg) while shooting 51 percent from the field.

Hayes scored a career-high 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting in the Colonels 70-59 home-opening win against UNC Greensboro on Saturday. The Ole Miss transfer also dished out a career-high six assists and grabbed six rebounds.

In Eastern’s 62-59 win over Western Carolina on Nov. 15, the redshirt junior scored 14 points and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.

The Colonels will be action tomorrow when they travel to take on the Akron Zips. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Comments (0)

EKU Falls to Prairie View A&M, 80-70, in MGM Resorts Main Event

EKU Falls to Prairie View A&M, 80-70, in MGM Resorts Main Event

Posted on 21 November 2017 by admin

MGM Resorts Main Event

Colonels play Eastern Washington in the MGM Resorts Main Event consolation game

LAS VEGAS – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team fell to Prairie View A&M, 80-70, on Monday afternoon in the MGM Resorts Main Event at T-Mobile Arena.

Junior Nick Mayo matched his season-high with 25 points, to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Sophomore DeAndre Dishman added 13 points and five boards for the Colonels.

EKU (2-2) outshot Prairie View A&M (1-3) on the day, going 18-of-36 (50 percent) from the floor; however, with their top two points guards sidelined with injuries, the Colonels committed a season-high 19 turnovers in the game.

The Panthers led by as many as 12, 21-9, in the first half. A pair of free throws by freshman Peyton Broughton capped a 7-0 EKU run and made it 21-16 with 8:44 to play in the half.

PVAMU stretched the lead back to 11 before a three-pointer by Mayo made it 37-29 with 1:22 on the clock.

A layup by Gary Blackston with less than 30 seconds to play gave the Panthers a 10-point lead at the break, 39-29.

The Colonels cut the deficit to five, 45-40, on a layup by Mayo with 15:53 to play. EKU was still within striking distance when a pair of free throws by freshman Dedric Boyd made it 70-64 with 4:24 showing.

However, Prairie View A&M responded with six straight points to make it an 11-point game with 2:32 left. EKU never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Boyd finished with nine points, while Broughton came off the bench to tally eight points. Freshman Cameron Carmical saw his first significant action of the season and responded with a team-best four assists in 17 minutes off the bench.

Zachary Hamilton paced PVAMU with 23 points.

EKU will play Eastern Washington in the MGM Resorts Main Event consolation game on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Comments (0)

Fourth Quarter Blocked Punt Sets Up Game-Winning Touchdown As Colonels End Season With Win Over Saint Francis

Fourth Quarter Blocked Punt Sets Up Game-Winning Touchdown As Colonels End Season With Win Over Saint Francis

Posted on 18 November 2017 by admin

LJ Scott

LJ Scott put Colonels up for good with touchdown in the fourth quarter

RICHMOND, Ky. – Freshman Steven Crowder blocked a punt and Eastern Kentucky turned the short field into the go-ahead touchdown with 9:12 left in the game to pick up a 14-10 victory over Saint Francis in the season finale on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium.

After the Red Flash had taken the lead late in the third quarter, EKU forced a three-and-out on SFU’s next possession. The visitors were forced to punt from their own 41-yard line. Crowder got his hand on the attempt and the Colonels took over at the Saint Francis 34 yard line.

Eastern gave the ball to LJ Scott of five straight plays and he delivered the go-ahead touchdown. He started it with a 17-yard gain and capped it with a 7-yard run to the end zone. The ensuing extra-point by Lucas Williams put EKU on top 14-10 with 9:12 left to play.

EKU missed on a long field goal with 2:21 on the clock. However, the defense answered the call, stopping Saint Francis on four downs when TJ Comstock intercepted a pass to secure the win.

Eastern Kentucky (4-7) held SFU to 88 rushing yards and 255 total yards of offense. On Senior Day, senior linebacker Jeffrey Canady contributed 15 tackles, including a sack and broke up a pass.

Scott totaled 41 yards on eight carries and scored one touchdown. Daryl McCleskey Jr. had 39 yards rushing and Ethan Thomas ran for 32 yards. Dan Paul caught three passes for 43 yards.

Bear Fenimore went 11-for-25 for 164 yards for the Red Flash. Byron Johnson ran the ball 20 times for 80 yards.

Saint Francis (5-6) got on the board first with a wind-aided 44-yard field goal with 13:24 remaining in the second quarter.

Austin Scott engineered a scoring drive midway through the second quarter to put EKU on top. He got it started with a 9-yard completion to Paul before Thomas broke off a 23-yard run to get into Red Flash territory.

Scott moved the chains with a third down, 7-yard completion to Neiko Creamer to the Saint Francis 30 yard line. Two plays later, McCleskey hauled in a short pass and turned it into a 26 yard gain to the one-yard line. Scott finished it off with a quarterback sneak for the touchdown. The extra-point made it 7-3.

SFU missed on a 28-yard field goal to end the first half.

The Red Flash took the lead late in the third quarter when Fenimore capped off a 13-play, 56-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The extra-point put the visitors in front 10-7 with seven seconds left in the third.

Comments (0)

Women's Cross Country Places 23rd at NCAA Championships

Women’s Cross Country Places 23rd at NCAA Championships

Posted on 18 November 2017 by admin

EKU women's cross country

The EKU women’s cross country team finished 23rd out of 31 teams at the Division I NCAA Championships on Saturday morning at E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer Park.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University women’s cross country team finished 23rd out of 31 teams at the Division I NCAA Championships on Saturday morning at E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer Park.

The Colonels entered the meet ranked No. 25 in the country by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

EKU was the first-ever Ohio Valley Conference women’s team to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the 70-year history of the league.

The Colonels placed 23rd with 537 points, defeating such teams as Indiana, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Eastern Michigan, Columbia, Dartmouth, Oklahoma State and Texas.

Junior Charlotte Imer paced the Colonels on Saturday, finishing 52nd out of 255 competitors with a 6K time of 20:21.7.

Senior Luisa Boschan was second on the team and 103rd overall with a time of 20:44.5

Sophomore Lilian Jeptoo Kiborus (156th / 21:08.5), junior Gladys Cheruiyot (182nd / 21:22.6) and senior Haley Yost (191st / 21:27.3) rounded out EKU’s scoring five on the day.

Senior Ciara Scott (198th / 21:33.9) and junior Meggan Grams (218th / 21:48.3) also competed for the Colonels.

New Mexico won the women’s national title with 90 points.

Comments (0)

Three EKU Women's Basketball Players Net Career-Highs In Home-Opening Win Against UNC Greensboro

Three EKU Women’s Basketball Players Net Career-Highs In Home-Opening Win Against UNC Greensboro

Posted on 18 November 2017 by admin

A'Queen Hayes

A’Queen Hayes lead Colonels with 23 points

RICHMOND, Ky. – A’Queen Hayes, Abby Wright, and Joya Smith netted career-highs and helped lead the Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team past the UNC Greensboro Spartans, 70-59, in McBrayer Arena Saturday night.

Hayes, who scored 23 points, has improved her scoring in every game this season; besting her previous high of 14 that came against Western Carolina this past Wednesday. Smith logged a career-high 28 minutes off the bench on her way to her career-high eight points on 4-of-7 shooting. Also, Wright netted 19 points and tied her career-high she set her freshman season.

The Spartans (3-1, 0-0 SoCon) would score the first points of the game, but it would be the last time they would lead. After the score, the Colonels responded with a quick 6-0 run to jump out in front. UNC Greensboro would battle back to tie it at 8-8, but a Wright three-point play sparked a 9-2 Colonel run that extended into the second quarter to open the game up.

EKU (2-1, 0-0 OVC) finished the game shooting a season-best 48 percent from the floor against a Spartan defense that led the nation in field goal percentage defense coming into the contest. The Colonels also outrebounded the Spartans, 34-28, dished out twice as many assists (18-9), and forced UNCG into 15 turnovers that led to 23 points.

UNC Greensboro was led by Nadine Soliman, who scored a game-high 25 points. She finished 11-of-12 from the foul line.

After a back-and-forth third stanza, Soliman scored five straight points to cut the EKU lead to 12 midway through the fourth quarter. On the next possession, Madison Pierce grabbed one of her team-high seven rebounds and found Wright at the top of the key. She proceeded to make her only three of game, sparking a 7-2 run over the next 3:15 to give Eastern its biggest lead of the game, 66-50.

The Colonels will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to take on Akron. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Comments (1)

EKU Falls To No. 1 Austin Peay

EKU Falls To No. 1 Austin Peay

Posted on 17 November 2017 by admin

Colonel volleyball

Colonel volleyball team finishes season at 13-19

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Despite winning the first set, the Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team could not hold off No. 1 Austin Peay in the semifinal match of the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Friday night at the Dunn Center, falling in four sets.

The Colonels lost by scores of 25-19, 12-25, 14-25 and 12-25.

EKU jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the first set after a kill from Kaylin Johnson and never looked back. The Gov’s tied the set but never led. At the 21-16 mark the Colonels took their largest lead of the set off of a kill from Celina Sanks. Austin Peay responded with a kill and a block, 21-18, but Eastern took four of the next five points to close the set, 25-19, and take the 1-0 advantage.

Sanks led the team with 18 kills and 13 digs. Cassie Knutson contributed a team second-best eight kills, she also added 15 assists. Maria Ferragonio led the Colonels with 16 assists.

Brooke Moore led the charge for the Governors with a match-best 22 kills and 18 digs.

Eastern Kentucky finishes the season with a 13-19 record.

Comments (0)

EKU Scores Six Unanswered To Fight Off Belmont's Match Point, Edging The Bruins In Five

EKU Scores Six Unanswered To Fight Off Belmont’s Match Point, Edging The Bruins In Five

Posted on 16 November 2017 by admin

Eastern Kentucky University volleyball

Colonels will face No.1 seed Austin Peay tomorrow at 6 pm

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team scored six unanswered points in the final set to fight off the Belmont University match point, 14-10, and edge the Bruins, advancing to the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament semifinals.

After a pair of kills from Cassie Knutson and a solo block from Celina Sanks Eastern Kentucky jumped out to an early 4-1 lead to open the fifth stanza. The Bruins fought back to tie it at four all. The teams took turns exchanging blows down the stretch, but Arianna Person came up with a lethal putaway to tie it at 10-10 and spark a 5-0 Belmont run to put the squad at set point, 14-10.

Knutson then put a ball down, 14-11, and went back to the service line for EKU. The junior retained the serve for five straight points. A wall of Kaylin Johnson, Sanks and Ciera Koons played strong defense at the net to reject another attack from Person, ending the set and match 16-14.

“Resiliency has been the theme this season with all the injuries we have faced,” explained stated Head Coach Lori Duncan. “Coming into this, the ups and downs, if you are watching the matches this is the only one that has gone into five sets. Everyone is playing to extend their season and you have to stay gritty. You have to have the ability to bounce back. Most importantly, you have to believe this is your year, your opportunity, and these kids believe that.”

EKU won the first two sets by scores of 25-18, 25-18. The Bruins came out of the half to take the next two sets 25-17, 25-20.

Knutson had ice water in her veins, coming up with a triple-double line after just three sets. The San Diego, California native finished with 16 kills, 21 assists, 15 digs, one block, three service aces and hit .297.

The EKU hitting corps came up huge. Sanks pounded in 17 kills and racked up 10 digs for her 14th double-double of the season, she added three blocks. Senior Nikki Drost contributed 12 putaways to round out the Colonels in double-digits. Eastern Kentucky hit .237 for the match compared to the Belmont .221.

Grittiness seemed to be the word of the night for the Eastern defensive effort. Rojas dug out 24 balls while Mallory Maxwell and Maria Ferragonio had 12 apiece. Johnson tied for the match-high with five blocks.

The Colonels will be back in action tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET as they take on the winner of the No. 1 Austin Peay State/No. 8 Southeast Missouri matchup.

Comments (0)

Colonels Start Slow, But Roll Past Kentucky State at Home, 97-66

Colonels Start Slow, But Roll Past Kentucky State at Home, 97-66

Posted on 16 November 2017 by admin

Colonel Basketball

Colonels move to 2-1 on the year with the win

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team got off to a slow start, falling behind by 14 in the first half, but found its stroke and rolled to a 97-66 victory over visiting Kentucky State University on Thursday in the Colonels’ home opener at McBrayer Arena.

The Thorobreds (0-3) raced out to the early lead as EKU hit just 6-of-24 (25 percent) from the field to start the game. A jumper by Reggie Breeden with 6:32 left in the opening half gave Kentucky State its largest lead at 14, 27-13.

After starting cold, the Colonels (2-1) heated up behind the play of freshman guard Dedric Boyd. Eastern ended the half by making 9-of-13 from the field (69 percent). Boyd fueled a 23-7 run that turned that 14-point deficit into a one-point lead. He got the rally started with a three-pointer and a dunk, and scored 10 of the 23 points during the run.

Freshman A.J. Youngman’s three-pointer from the right wing with 14 seconds to go in the first half capped the turnaround and put Eastern in front 35-34. KSU scored the final basket of the half to take a one-point lead into the locker room at the break.

EKU scored 17 of the first 20 points to start the second half and never looked back. Sophomore DeAndre Dishman scored six of the 17 on his way to a career-best 18 points.

Nick Mayo’s two free throws with 14:14 left in the game pushed the Colonel lead to double figures for the first time, 50-39. The Thorobreds went 5:34 without scoring.

Eastern went in front by 20-plus when Jackson Davis knocked down two a pair of free throws with 9:14 showing on the clock. Youngman’s 3-pointer with 3:03 to go made it a 30-point game, 88-58.

After starting the game 6-for-24, the Colonels went 27-for-43 (63 percent) the rest of the game. EKU out-rebounded Kentucky State 45-38 and out-scored the visitors 22-5 off turnovers.

In addition to Dishman, Boyd finished with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists. Mayo contributed 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks and one steal. Youngman went 4-for-6 from behind the arc and finished with 14 points, a career-high for the freshman. Fellow freshman Peyton Broughton finished with a career-best 13 points.

Ray Croon led all players with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting for Kentucky State.

The Colonels will play Prairie View A&M on Monday in Las Vegas as part of the MGM Grand Main Event.

Comments (0)

Jeffrey Canady named to CoSIDA All-District team

Jeffrey Canady named to CoSIDA All-District team

Posted on 16 November 2017 by admin

Jeffrey Canady

Jeffrey Canady one of six OVC players named to the team

Six Ohio Valley Conference football student-athletes have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District ® football teams, including Eastern Kentucky University linebacker Jeffery Canaday.

The selections included three student-athletes from District II and four from District III. The selections were Canady, Murray State’s Zach Shipley, Tennessee Tech’s Dontez Byrd and Elliott Normand, Austin Peay’s Ryan Rockensuess and Tennessee State’s Lane Clark.

Each of the six were first-team selections and for making the first-team each will have his name appear on the national ballot for consideration for Academic All-American. The 2017 Academic All-America football team will be announced on Thursday, December 14.

To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. District II selections include schools from the states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

District III selections include schools from the states of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia while District IV selections come from schools located in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Canady carries a 3.63 grade points average in safety, security and emergency management. He leads the EKU team with 74 tackles this season while also adding 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries.

Shipley has a 3.97 grade point average in health and physical education. In 10 games this season Shipley has registered 36 tackles, an intercepiton, two pass breakups and recovered a fumble.

Byrd set Tech’s single-season receiving yardage record for the second-straight season and has 976 yards and six touchdowns on 72 catches. Byrd can also set Tech’s single-season receptions record for the second straight year with three catches in Saturday’s season finale against UT Martin. He has a 3.50 grade point average in exercise science (fitness & wellness).

An accounting major, Rockensuess shines in the classroom as well, carrying a 3.57 grade-point average. He’s earned Dean’s List honors the past two springs and is a four-time member of the Athletic Directors Honor Roll. He has become an anchor along the Austin Peay interior line, starting 11 games for the league leader in total offense (385.7 ypg) and rushing offense (252.7 ypg).

He’s paved the way for sophomore Kentel Williams (656 rushing yards, fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference) and freshman Ahmaad Tanner (602, eighth) to earn top-10 spots in the OVC rushing rankings.

Clark has a 3.83 GPA in biology (pre-med) and has been a three-time Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. The kicker was named to several All-American teams as a junior and has entrenched himself in the Tennessee State record books, including holding eight of the 11 longest field goals in program history.

Normand has 81 total tackles, 30 solo and 51 assisted, with one sack for seven yards and eight tackles-for-loss. He also has a forced fumble and an interception. He has 169 career tackles. He carries a 3.75 grade point average in mechanical engineering.

2017 OVC CoSIDA Academic All-District Selections for Football

Jeffrey Canady, Eastern Kentucky
Zach Shipley, Murray Stat
Dontez Byrd, Tennessee Tech
Ryan Rockensuess, Austin Peay
Lane Clark, Tennessee State
Elliott Normand, Tennessee Tech

Comments (0)

EKU Women's Basketball Survives Late Push From Western Carolina To Secure First Win Of The Season

EKU Women’s Basketball Survives Late Push From Western Carolina To Secure First Win Of The Season

Posted on 15 November 2017 by admin

women's basketball

The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team held off a late run and defeated the Western Carolina Catamounts, 62-59, to earn its first win of the season Wednesday afternoon at the Ramsey Center.

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team held off a late run and defeated the Western Carolina Catamounts, 62-59, to earn its first win of the season Wednesday afternoon at the Ramsey Center.

Eastern found themselves with a comfortable 45-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter. However, over the course of the period, the Catamounts slowly chipped away at the lead. After Shay Solomon calmly sank two-free throws to make the score 60-54, Western Carolina went on a quick 5-0 run to pull within one, 60-59 with nine seconds remaining.

On the next possession, EKU found Bria Bass open and was immediately fouled. The freshman, who had missed two-straight free-throws earlier in the game, drained the pair with seven seconds on the clock. The Catamounts had one last chance to tie, but freshman Emely Rosario played excellent perimeter defense to disrupt the shot as the clock expired.

Junior Abby Wright led the way for the Colonels (1-1, 0-0 OVC) with 18 points, one away from her career-high. She also grabbed four rebounds and tied a career-high with three steals. Junior A’Queen Hayes earned her first start as a Colonel and scored 14 points, pulled down nine rebounds, and dished out five assists.

Also, Solomon recorded a career-high 10 points and 11 rebounds, her first career double-double. Bass rounded out Colonels’ who scored in double-figures with 10 points. It marked the first time four Colonels’ finished a game in double figures since Feb. 22 last season against Jacksonville State.

The Colonel defense was a force all afternoon, holding the Catamounts to just 36 percent shooting for the game. They also came away with six steals, five blocks, and forced 13 turnovers.

EKU found itself up 16-11 at the end of the first quarter, but Western Carolina went on a 6-0 run over the next 2:30 to go up 17-16. After a bit of back-and-forth play, the score was knotted at 19, when Wright converted a three-point play that sparked a 7-0 Colonel run to end the half with a 28-21 lead.

The Colonels scored first in the second half, but the Catamounts went on a quick 6-2 run to cut the Eastern lead to four, 31-27. After an EKU timeout, Bass hit three’s on back-to-back possessions, followed by scores from Wright and Hayes to give Eastern its largest lead of the game at 41-27.

Western Carolina (1-2, 0-0 SoCon) was led by Kyia Hough and Lauren LaPlant, who scored 12 apiece for the Catamounts.

The Colonels will be back in action for their first home game on Saturday when they take on UNC Greensboro. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. EKU Athletics will be accepting canned food donations at its home basketball games through Nov. 25. Fans can receive one free ticket with each donation of a canned food item.

Comments (0)

Advertise Here
Advertise Here

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 422 other subscribers