Eastern Kentucky University’s women’s basketball team led Florida State University in the second quarter and started the fourth quarter within seven points, but lost 62-45 on Friday at the Junkanoo Jam at the Resorts World Bimini in Bimini, Bahamas.

The Seminoles have enough votes in the USA Today Top 25 Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll to be ranked 32nd in the nation.

The Colonels (0-4) will face No. 20 West Virginia (3-1) on Saturday.  Tip-off is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. The game will air live on FloHoops.  The Mountaineers lost to No. 14 Iowa on Friday.

Florida State (5-1) scored the first eight points of the game and led 13-2 with less than three minutes remaining in the first quarter.  Newcomer Catie Kaifes sparked the Colonels with a pair of three-pointers in the final two minutes.  Her second with 40 seconds on the clock drew EKU to within five, 13-8, at the end of the first.

A third three from Kaifes early in the second quarter made it a two-point game, 13-11.  After exchanging a series of baskets, sophomore Bria Bass found the bottom of the net on a three-pointer to put Eastern Kentucky in front 18-17 with 6:24 to play in the second quarter.

Kourtney Weber answered on the other to put FSU back in front and the Seminoles never trailed again.  However, the Colonels didn’t go away.

Florida State had a 9-point advantage at the half, 32-23, and moved out in front by 15, 40-25, with 6:22 to go in the third quarter.  EKU rolled off a 10-2 run to conclude the quarter.  Teri Goodlett had a pair of baskets, and Bass and Abby Wright each hit a three-pointer during the spurt.  Wright’s triple with 10 ticks on the clock made it a 7-point game, 42-35, with a quarter left to play.

The Seminoles pulled away by scoring the first 15 points of the fourth quarter, not allowing the Colonels to score for nearly seven minutes.

In her first game as a Colonel, Kaifes finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.  The junior college transfer missed the first three games of the season with an injury.  Wright had 11 points.  EKU shot 34 percent from the field while FSU knocked down 49 percent of its shots.

Kiah Gillespie had a game-best 21 points for Florida State.

— www.EKUSports.com —

Kevin Britton

Assistant Athletics Director for Communications & Branding

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