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Wright Scores Career-High 20, But Turnovers Doom Colonels In Home Loss To Ohio

Wright Scores Career-High 20, But Turnovers Doom Colonels In Home Loss To Ohio

Posted on 29 November 2017 by admin

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Colonels commit 27 turnovers in loss to the Bobcats at home Tuesday night

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team cut a 13-point deficit to six late in the fourth quarter, but their comeback fell short, as the Colonels fell to the Ohio Bobcats, 69-57, Tuesday night at McBrayer Arena.

The Colonels (2-4, 0-0 OVC) found themselves on the wrong end of a Bobcat 7-0 run with 5:00 left in the fourth quarter when a jumper by Abby Wright stopped the spurt. On the next possession, the Colonel defense forced the Ohio miss, when reining Co-OVC Newcomer of the Week A’Queen Hayes grabbed the board and took it coast-to-coast for the layup.

Another Colonel stop led to a Wright triple to pull EKU within six, capping a 7-0 run. It would be as close as Eastern would come.

Ohio (4-1, 0-0 MAC) closed the game on a 9-2 run, led by a Dominique Doseck layup to seal the win.

Eastern was led in scoring by Wright, who scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Freshman Bria Bass recorded her second straight game in double-figures, adding 16 points and tied with a team-high seven rebounds. Hayes rounded out Colonels who scored in double-figures, adding 10 points, seven boards, and a game-high five assists.

EKU finished the game shooting 44 percent from the field and outrebounded the Bobcats, 42-31. Eastern also dished out 17 assists, compared to just 11 for Ohio.

The Colonels led after one half of play, only trailing for a combined 2:20 in the first half. However, the Bobcats forced Eastern into 27 turnovers, turning them into 28 points.

Both teams traded baskets to start the contest when a Bass three started a 7-2 run, topped by a Wright three spanning 1:51 to give Eastern its biggest lead of the game, 14-8.

The Bobcats were paced by Doseck, who had 15 points. Cierra Hooks also had 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Bobcats.

EKU will be back in action next Tuesday at home when they take on Kent State. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.

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A'Queen Hayes Named Co-OVC Newcomer Of The Week

A’Queen Hayes Named Co-OVC Newcomer Of The Week

Posted on 28 November 2017 by admin

Eastern Kentucky University junior guard A'Queen Hayes

Eastern Kentucky University junior guard A’Queen Hayes was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Co-Newcomer of the Week, the league announced today. This marks the second-straight week Hayes has claimed the award.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University junior guard A’Queen Hayes was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Co-Newcomer of the Week, the league announced today. This marks the second-straight week Hayes has claimed the award.

In two road games last week, Hayes averaged 13 points a contest while grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game. She also came away with two steals a night.

Hayes scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Colonels 62-45 loss to Akron on Nov. 22. She also managed to come away with a career-best three steals.

In Eastern’s 64-53 loss to Cincinnati on Nov. 25, the redshirt junior scored 10 points, pulled down four boards, and dished out three assists.

The Colonels will be action tonight, when they take on Ohio University in McBrayer Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

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Colonels Take Second Quarter Lead, But Can't Overcome Cincinnati Run

Colonels Take Second Quarter Lead, But Can’t Overcome Cincinnati Run

Posted on 28 November 2017 by admin

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Colonel women’s basketball face Ohio University on Tuesday

CINCINNATI, Ohio – A three-pointer from the right wing by Bria Bass gave Eastern Kentucky the lead over Cincinnati, but the Bearcats answered with a 16-0 run and the Colonels lost 64-53 on Saturday at Saint Ursula Academy in Cincinnati.

Six straight points by Bass, an old-fashioned three-point play at the end of the first quarter and her three-pointer to start the second, capped a 7-0 EKU run that turned a 13-9 deficit into a 16-13 lead with 9:28 left in the first half of play.

UC (4-2) then scored 16 unanswered points and went on to out-score Eastern 21-5 in the second quarter. A jumper by Iimar’i Thomas tied the score at 16-16. Her three-pointer with 5:38 to go in the quarter stretched the margin to five, 21-16.

Nikira Goings capped the run with a three-pointer that put the home team in front 29-16. Shanice Johnson’s three at the buzzer set the halftime score, 34-18. The Bearcats hit on 8-of-14 from the field (57 percent) and 4-of-6 from behind the arc in the second quarter.

EKU out-rebounded Cincinnati by seven in the first half and turned 11 offensive boards into 11 second chance points, but shot just 25 percent (7-of-28) from the field.

The Colonels (2-3) turned it around a bit in the third quarter, shooting 60 percent (9-of-15) from the floor and out-scoring UC 21-15. A 16-5 run allowed the visitors to close the 17-point deficit to six. Seven straight points – a three-pointer in transition by Abby Wright, a jumper in the lane by Shay Solomon, and a steal and a lay-up by A’Queen Hayes capped the run and made it a 45-39 game. The Bearcats scored the final four points of the quarter to stretch their lead back to 10, 49-39.

Eastern Kentucky scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to get back within six, but never got any closer.

Bass made five three-pointers and finished with a career-best 22 points for EKU. Solomon earned her second double-double of the season, tying her career-high with 14 points and setting a new career-high with 12 rebounds.

Johnson had a team-best 15 points for the Bearcats.

EKU shot 40 percent for the game from the field and 32 percent from long range. Cincinnati made 47 percent of its shots, including 43 percent from behind the arc. Eastern out-rebounded UC, 35-28, but only had one offensive rebound in the second half.

The Colonels will be back in action at home on Tuesday when Ohio University visits McBrayer Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Solomon scores career-high, but women's basketball fall to Akron, 62-45

Solomon scores career-high, but women’s basketball fall to Akron, 62-45

Posted on 22 November 2017 by admin

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women’s basketball will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats on Saturday

AKRON, Ohio– The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team fell to the Akron Zips, 62-45, on Wednesday at the James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio.

EKU (2-2, 0-0 OVC) outscored the Zips in the second half, 29-26, and rattled off a 12-4 run to end the third quarter to make the game interesting, kick started by Madison Pierce free-throws to end the period. However, the final would be as close as the Colonel’s would come.

Reigning Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week A’Queen Hayes led the way for the Colonels, pouring in a game-high 16 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Shay Solomon also added a career-high 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

The Colonel defense held Akron to just 35 percent shooting from the floor and came away with seven steals.

Akron (2-2, 0-0 MAC) opened the game on a 6-0 run. After an EKU timeout, Solomon rebounded her own miss to stop the run. However, the Zips went on a quick 5-0 run to hold an 11 point advantage, 16-5, after one quarter.

The teams traded scores to begin the second stanza, making the score 26-14. Then, Akron rattled off a 10-0 run to open the game up.

Akron was led in scoring by Greta Burray, who contributed 14 points.

The Colonels will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Men's basketball picked fifth by OVC Media; Women picked ninth

Men’s basketball picked fifth by OVC Media; Women picked ninth

Posted on 20 October 2017 by admin

For the fourth year in a row, the Ohio Valley Conference has conducted a Preseason Men’s and Women’s Media Poll prior to the start of the season. In total 12 voters from around the league cast a ballot on whom they thought would be the 2017-18 basketball favorites and preseason players of the year.

The OVC will release its preseason poll and All-OVC team, as voted on by league head coaches and sports information directors, on Tuesday, October 24 during the league’s annual Media Day in Evansville.

The media panel picked the Belmont men’s and women’s teams as the preseason favorites. Murray State senior guard Jonathan Stark was tabbed the OVC Men’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year while Murray State senior forward Ke’Shunan James was named OVC Women’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year.

In the men’s voting, defending regular season champion Belmont picked up eight of the 13 first-place votes and 148 total points in being picked the preseason favorite. Murray State picked up one first-place vote and 138 points to be picked second while defending OVC Tournament champion Jacksonville State received two first-place votes and 132 points in being tabbed third. Tennessee State (95 points) and Eastern Kentucky (91) also picked up first-place votes in being selected fourth and fifth. The poll was rounded out by UT Martin (82), Tennessee Tech (80), Eastern Illinois (79), Morehead State (59), Austin Peay (48), Southeast Missouri (36) and SIUE (26).

In women’s voting, it was two-time defending OVC Tournament champion Belmont who picked up 12 of the 13 first-place votes and 155 points in being tabbed an overwhelming favorite. UT Martin picked up the other first-place vote and 125 points in being picked second while Morehead State was third (119) and SIUE fourth (109). The poll was rounded out by Murray State (96), Austin Peay (91), Tennessee Tech (71), Southeast Missouri (66), Eastern Kentucky (57), Jacksonville State (55), Tennessee State (40) and Eastern Illinois (30).

Pollsters for the 2017-18 OVC Media Poll included: Catlin Bogard, OVC Ball; Mike Bradd, Eastern Illinois Radio; Neal Bradley, Murray State Radio; Rob Calhoun, Eastern Illinois Radio; Edward Marlowe, Paducah Sun; Mike Organ, The Tennessean; Justin Rust, Journal Gazette/Times-Courier; Harry Schroeder, ValleyHoopsInsider.com; Greg Stotelmyer, Eastern Kentucky Sports Network.

2017-18 Media OVC Preseason Men’s Predicted Order of Finish
1. Belmont (8 first-place votes) – 148 points
2. Murray State (1) – 138
3. Jacksonville State (2) – 132
4. Tennessee State (1) – 95
5. Eastern Kentucky (1) – 91
6. UT Martin – 82
7. Tennessee Tech – 80
8. Eastern Illinois – 79
9. Morehead State – 59
10. Austin Peay – 48
11. Southeast Missouri – 36
12. SIUE – 26

Preseason Player of the Year: Jonathan Stark, Murray State

2017-18 Media OVC Preseason Women’s Predicted Order of Finish
1. Belmont (12 first-place votes) – 155 points
2. UT Martin (1) – 125
3. Morehead State – 119
4. SIUE – 109
5. Murray State – 96
6. Austin Peay – 91
7. Tennessee Tech – 71
8. Southeast Missouri – 66
9. Eastern Kentucky – 57
10. Jacksonville State – 55
11. Tennessee State – 40
12. Eastern Illinois – 30

Preseason Player of the Year: Ke’Shunan James, Murray State

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2018 OVC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship to be Held at Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana

2018 OVC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship to be Held at Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana

Posted on 16 February 2017 by admin

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents have awarded the 2018 OVC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship to the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

The date of the 2018 OVC Basketball Championship is February 28 – March 3, 2018.

“We are excited about the opportunity to take our flagship championship to another region of the OVC footprint,” said OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche. “We look forward to the opportunity to partner with the City of Evansville and the Evansville Sports Corporation to provide an outstanding experience for our student-athletes and fans.

“I additionally want to thank the OVC Board of Presidents for their time and thoughtful approach in reaching this decision,” DeBauche added.

“I look forward to the OVC Championship being played in Evansville and at the Ford Center,” said Murray State President Dr. Robert O. Davies, who is the chair of the OVC Board of Presidents. “This facility is the ideal place to showcase our Conference and will be a memorable experience for our student-athletes. I also look forward to the emerging partnership with community of Evansville and know this will be an exciting event for the participants and spectators.”

The Ford Center, which opened in 2011, is a 10,000-seat arena located in the core of Evansville’s downtown district. The 290,000-square foot facility serves as home of the University of Evansville’s men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The Ford Center has serves as host to numerous sporting events and concerts on an annual basis.

“Evansville is a basketball town and we could not be more excited to partner with the Ohio Valley Conference to deliver a championship atmosphere for OVC student-athletes and fans alike,” said Jason Sands, Executive Director of the Evansville Sports Corporation.

Evansville is the third-largest city in the state of Indiana with a population of nearly 120,000 in the city limit and 300,000 people in the metropolitan area.

“Our city has demonstrated on multiple occasions the ability to host great sporting events at every level,” said Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “We gladly welcome the Ohio Valley Conference and look forward to showing their student-athletes the best experience possible,” he continued.

The OVC Basketball Tournament is the fourth-oldest Division I Championship in the country; it will be held for the 54th time overall on March 1-4, 2017 at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. That will mark the 23rd time in the past 24 years the event has taken place in Nashville. The last OVC Basketball Tournament held outside of Nashville took place in Louisville, Kentucky in 2002. The OVC will also partner with the Nashville Sports Council to serve as hosts of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds at Bridgestone Arena in 2018 (March 16-18).

During the 2017-18 academic year, the OVC Board of Presidents will consider future tournament site locations.

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Belmont Ends Lady Colonels OVC Tourney Run.

Belmont Ends Lady Colonels OVC Tourney Run.

Posted on 05 March 2016 by Bret Shroats

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NASHVILLE, Tenn – Eastern Kentucky University Lady Colonels fought hard against Belmont University Bruins but fell in the OVC finals 95 – 63.

Both teams came out battling from the start. Belmont started up 5-0 but EKU (18-12) would battle back and only trail 18-16.

The second quarter would be one the Lady Colonels wish they could take back. The Bruins (24-8) would jump out and take a 41-26 lead into the half.

EKU would be up for a tall task of cutting into a good Belmont team lead and would give it their best effort. Michaela Hunter would put EKU on her back in the third quarter and cut the Belmont led to 11 points at 55-44. However, that would be as close as they would get. Belmont would come right back and make it a 17 point game after three quarters.

That Belmont run at the end of the third ended any momentum the Lady Colonels had and Belmont put the championship away pulling away late.

Michaela Hunter led the way fur the Lady Colonels with 16 points.

Belmont out rebounded EKU 54-22.

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