Eastern Kentucky outlasts MSU women in overtime

RICHMOND, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky's women's basketball team outscored Morehead State 10-3 in the final three minutes of overtime and held on to defeat the Eagles 69-66 in an Ohio Valley Conference contest Saturday at McBrayer Arena.

The Colonels won their fifth straight game in the series and improved to 13-8 overall this year and 7-3 in the league. MSU slipped to 10-14 overall and 4-7 in the conference.

MSU freshman guard Aaliyah Wells, who scored a career-high 14 points for the second straight game, hit a three-pointer with 1:17 left in the extra period to put her team on top 66-64. With 56 seconds left, EKUs Marie Carpenter missed a jumper, but the Eagles could not corral the rebound. Pilar Walker did and dropped in a layup and a free throw that gave the hosts a 67-66 advantage. EKU also missed another jumper with 25 ticks left but grabbed another offensive rebound.

Wells nailed a jumper from the top of the key with 36 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 55. Junior guard Almesha Jones' last-second shot in regulation was blocked.

Jones finished with a team-high 21 points in 42 minutes of action, her fifth 20+ effort in the last eight games. The OVC assist leader handed out a game-best eight today.

Carpenter led all players with 23 points, while Miranda Maples netted 14 for EKU. Shelly Harper had a game-best 10 rebounds. EKU had a slight 45-41 cushion in rebounds.

MSU also got 12 points and nine rebounds from freshman forward Shay Steele in just 21 minutes.

EKU held a 23-21 lead at the half, and there were eight lead changes and six ties in the final half and overtime.

Morehead State finished at 39 percent (24-of-61) from the field. EKU shot just 34 percent (23-of-67). MSU connected on 45 percent (13-of-29) in the second half.

The Eagles travel to Tennessee Tech Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. ET game at the Eblen Center.


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