Courtesy EKU Athletics

With a 2-point lead and less than four minutes in the game, the Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team held Tennessee Tech University scoreless for more than two and a half minutes on its way to a 73-65 victory on Saturday at McBrayer Arena.

After Mackenzie Coleman drew the Golden Eagles (4-4, 2-3 OVC) within two, 58-56, with a put back at the 3:53 mark of the fourth quarter, the Colonels (5-5, 4-2 OVC) didn’t allow a point for the next 2:41.

Alice Recanati hit a jumper.  Bria Bass followed with two free throws and a lay-up to complete a run of six unanswered and extended Eastern’s lead to eight, 64-56.  Jada Guinn ended the TTU drought with a put back with 1:12 left in the game.

During that game-changing defensive stretch, Tech was 0-for-4 from the field and had one turnover.

Freshman Kendall Wingler finished with a career-best 22 points to go along with seven rebounds.  Recanati, also a freshman, posted a career-best 19 points, going 7-of-10 from the field, 3-for-3 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 at the free throw line.  She also had five assists.

The Colonels had 14 assists on 26 made field goals.  Eastern Kentucky went 14-for-15 (93.3 percent) at the free throw line, out-scoring Tennessee Tech by 13 at the stripe.

The first half was defined by an EKU run in the first quarter and a TTU run in the second.  Down, 8-7, the Colonels scored 12 unanswered as the Golden Eagles went more than four minutes without scoring.  A 3-pointer by Recanati started the run.  Wingler capped it with a 3-pointer from the left corner and a lay-up to give Eastern a 19-8 advantage with 2:54 left in the first quarter.

After Eastern Kentucky went in front by 13, 25-12, on Recanati’s jumper to start the second quarter, Tennessee Tech went on an 18-6 run to get back in the game.  Coleman’s jumper finished off a streak of nine straight and capped the run, drawing the visitors to within one, 31-30, with 1:53 on the clock in the second.  The Colonels led by six, 40-34, at the break.

The Golden Eagles scored the first six points of the third quarter to tie the game.  Coleman’s tip-in made it 40-40 with 6:12 left in the period.  TTU scored just four points the rest of the quarter and Eastern took a 51-44 advantage into the fourth.

Just like the third, Tennessee Tech started the fourth hot.  The visitors scored the first six points again, closing to within one, 51-50, on a jumper from Coleman with 8:42 remaining in the game.  After a jumper from Jayla Johnson put a stop to the run, Tech never got closer than two the rest of the way.

EKU will play at Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.

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