RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team dropped its non-conference finale to Richmond, 70-56, on Sunday afternoon at McBrayer Arena.
EKU (5-5) outscored (30-28) and outrebounded (25-16) Richmond (6-4) in the second half; however, the Colonels’ first-half deficit was too much to overcome and the Spiders held on for the win.
Shameekia Murray led EKU in scoring for the second consecutive game, dropping 16 points, grabbing three boards and dishing out two assists. Sophomore Michaela Hunter added 12 points six rebounds and three steals.
Janelle Hubbard paced Richmond with 20 points.
The Spiders shot 51 percent (25-of-49) from the floor in the win. They also connected on 14-of-18 (78 percent) free throws.
EKU trailed by only nine, 25-16, at the halfway point of the first half, but a three-pointer by Hubbard sparked a 14-4 Richmond run that gave the Spiders a 39-20 advantage with 4:22 showing on the clock. A bucket in the paint by Junior Jasmine Henshaw with just over a minute to play helped cut the deficit to 16, 42-26, at halftime.
Richmond, however, went on a 10-2 run to open the second half and took its largest lead of the day, 52-28, on a jumper by Hubbard with 16:16 on the clock.
The Colonels ratcheted up the defensive pressure following the early-second half run and slowly began to crawl back into the game, but it was too late.
EKU will open Ohio Valley Conference play versus Austin Peay on Jan. 3. Tip at McBrayer Arena is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.