RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky women’s basketball team will be on the road this week, with games against Murray State and Tennessee Tech.
The Colonels (6-9, 1-4 OVC) will look to get back in the win column after two losses this week against two of the better teams in the Ohio Valley Conference.
EKU lost to the conference leader in wins, SIUE, 71-61, on Saturday in McBrayer Arena. Sophomore guard Michaela Hunter scored a game-high 19 points against the Cougars and Shameekia Murray finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, just one rebound shy of her first career double-double.
The Colonels will play Murray State Thursday, January 22, at 8 p.m. EKU leads the all-time series 55-29 and has won the last four games against the Racers. The Racers are last in the OVC at 0-5 in conference play and 5-13 overall. Murray State is led by senior guard Keionna Kirby and freshman guard/forward Ke’Shunan James.
Kirby and James both average better than 15 points per game and are fifth and sixth in the OVC in scoring, respectively.
Murray State also possesses the league’s fifth leading rebounder in senior forward/center Natanya Jackson. Jackson averages 8.1 rebounds per game to go along with 6.4 points per game.
The Racers lead the OVC in scoring offense at 74.8 points per game, but are 10th in scoring defense, giving up 73.7 points a game.
On Saturday, the Colonels will play Tennessee Tech at 6:30 p.m. in Cookeville, Tennessee. The Golden Eagles are 2-5 in conference play and 5-15 overall.
Tennessee Tech’s leader is junior guard Samaria Howard. Howard leads the Golden Eagles in scoring at 13.7 and grabs a little more than four rebounds per game.
Tennessee Tech leads the all-time series 63-23.