Eastern kentucky university womens basketball 2018-19
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Eastern Kentucky University’s women’s basketball team cut a 9-point deficit to two at the end of the third quarter, but 15 unanswered to start the fourth propelled Miami University to a 60-44 victory on Tuesday at Millett Hall.

With EKU (0-2) down 36-27 in the third, sophomore Teri Goodlett scored the Colonels’ next 12 points.  Her second three-pointer made it a one-point game, 40-39, with 2:21 remaining in the quarter.  A free throw by Bria Bass had Eastern within 42-40 at the end of the third quarter.

The Redhawks (2-0) pulled away by holding the visitors scoreless for the first 7:19 of the fourth quarter and scoring 15 straight.

Abby Wright led Eastern Kentucky with 18 points.  She made 8-of-15 from the field.  Goodlett finished with 12 points and five rebounds.  Shay Solomon contributed 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting and grabbed six boards.

EKU shot 33 percent from the field.  The Redhawks hit on 37 percent of their shots.  Miami turned 20 Eastern Kentucky turnovers into a 16-4 advantage in points off turnovers.

Eastern kentucky university womens basketball 2018-19
Courtesy EKU Athletics

A three-pointer from Kendall McCoy gave Miami a 10-point advantage, 14-4, with 4:20 left in the first quarter.  However, Wright fueled a 10-3 EKU run to get the visitors back in the game.  The senior scored eight of the 10.  Her two free throws with 7:43 to go in the second quarter made it a three-point game, 17-14.

The Colonels stayed within three until five straight by the Redhawks allowed the home squad to build an eight-point cushion.  Eastern trailed by six, 28-22, at halftime.  Wright had 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field in the first half.

Eastern Kentucky scored the first five points of the second half to draw within one point, 28-27.  Miami answered with an 8-0 run to push out in front by nine, 36-27.

Lauren Dickerson scored a game-high 19 points for Miami.

The Colonels will be back in action on Sunday at Ohio.  Tip-off in Athens is scheduled for 1 p.m. 

— www.EKUSports.com —

Kevin Britton

Assistant Athletics Director for Communications & Branding

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