Balancing Scoring Attack Not Enough as Eagles Fall to Rival EKU
Morehead State returned home after a lengthy road trip, but fell to longtime in-state rival EKU Wednesday, 66-43.
The Eagles managed to turn the Colonels over 19 times throughout the game, but struggled on the glass, being outrebounded 46-25 and allowing 22 second chance points.
Morehead State once again received a balancing scoring attack, however, led by graduate student Terri Smith, who posted nine points, four rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Jada Claude and junior Kaitlyn Keathley, in a career high effort, both turned in eight points, while graduate student Tyler Moore added six points on a pair of three pointers in the second half.
Morehead State fell behind early, thanks to hot shooting from the Colonels, but scored the final four points of the first quarter to cut the lead to 16-9. EKU answered the run from the Eagles with a trio of three-pointers to open the second quarter, holding Morehead State to only nine points as they raced out to a 36-18 lead at half.
The Eagles began to find their stroke from beyond the arc in the second half, connecting on five three pointers over the final two quarters, but could never close the margin, as EKU pulled away for the victory.
Morehead State continue their five game homestead on Saturday, as they take on USC-Upstate. The game is scheduled to tip off at 2:00 PM ET.