Kentucky State University women’s basketball came up short to No. 8 Bellarmine University, 65-48 on Wednesday night at the Exum Center.

The Thorobrettes (3-2) will go a full week between contests, as they will open up SIAC play on Nov. 30. The Knights (4-0) remain undefeated, and it marks the second consecutive season BU has started at least 4-0.

KSU hung tough with BU through the first and second quarter, but the turnovers began to mount against the home squad in the second half. In total the Thorobrettes committed 31 turnovers, resulting in 32 points off turnovers for the Knights.

“We talked and made adjustments at the half,” said head coach Terrance Slater. “But we got down on ourselves after some sloppy turnovers and credit to Bellarmine, when you make mistakes, they make you pay.”

Sophomore center Brooke Wallace led the team in scoring with 13 points, scoring 11 in the second half. Senior forward Logan Powell notched 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Of the 10 players who played for KSU, eight of them contributed in the scoring column.

“I didn’t build this team to depend on one person, anytime you get scoring from everyone who plays, it says a lot about your team,” said Slater. “Now we need to focus on building confidence and for players to put the team first. This team has a lot of talent but were young and immature. Until our talent and our experience catch up with each other, we’re going to have games like we had tonight.”

KSU will travel to Paine College on Nov. 30 to begin conference play. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. ET.

Eric Matthews

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