Eastern Kentucky University’s women’s basketball team used the three-pointer to stick with 20th ranked West Virginia University through the first quarter, but when the three’s stopped falling the Mountaineers pulled away for a 81-39 win at the Junkanoo Jam on Saturday.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Bria Bass gave the Colonels an early 6-5 lead. Shay Solomon’s long ball put Eastern in front by one again, 9-8, midway through the first quarter. Madison Pierce got in on the action with her first career three-pointer to tie the game, 18-18, with 2:41 remaining in the opening quarter. Catie Kaifes ended the quarter with a three to make it a five-point game, 26-21, in favor of West Virginia.
WVU scored the first 10 points of the second quarter and out-scored EKU 21-3 overall in the period.
Eastern Kentucky (0-5) made 6-of-9 from long range in the first quarter. The Colonels then went 0-for-11 from behind the arc during the second and third quarter combined. The Mountaineers pulled in front by 34 during that time.
West Virginia (4-1) came into the Junkanoo Jam averaging 89 points per game.
Kaifes scored a team-best 13 for Eastern Kentucky. Solomon had five points, seven rebounds and two assists. Tynice Martin was among five Mountaineers in double figures, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Colonels shot 29 percent from the field and finished 7-for-25 from three-point range. WVU hit on 46 percent of its shots.
EKU will be back in action on Wednesday at Western Michigan University. Tip-off in Kalamazoo is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN+.
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