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Morehead tops Lady Colonels 76-58

Posted on 31 January 2015 by Allen


The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team led by four at halftime, but watched as host Morehead State opened the second half on 14-0 on its way to a 76-58 win on Saturday at Ellis T. Johnson Arena.

It is EKU’s (8-11, 3-6 OVC) first loss to Morehead State (10-12, 6-3 OVC) since January 14, 2012.

Eastern limited Morehead State to 30.8 percent (8-of-26) shooting in the first half, as a jumper by junior Shameekia Murray sent the Colonels into the locker room at halftime up by four, 33-29.

The second half, however, was a different story. Morehead State exploded out of the locker room on a 14-0 run and took a double-digit lead, 43-33, when Almesha Jones sank a pair of free throws with 14:25 remaining in the game.

EKU got it back to within eight, 49-41, when sophomore Mariah Massengill converted a layup with 10:05 on the clock; however, MSU responded with an 8-0 run that put the game out of reach. The Colonels’ deficit remained in the teens the rest of the way.

Morehead State shot 46 percent (17-of-37) from the field in the second half.

Murray led EKU with 16 points while Massengill tied a career-high with 12 points. Junior Miranda Maples chipped in with 10 points, while junior Jasmine Henshaw grabbed a career-high 12 boards.

Jones paced the Eagles with 26 points and seven assists, while Eriel McKee finished with a double-double (12 points, 16 rebounds).

EKU returns home following a four-game road swing, hosting Tennessee State on Thursday, February 5, at 5:30 p.m.

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