By Jill Stinson/Assistant sports editor
The women’s basketball team upset No. 3 seed Jacksonville State on Tuesday to earn a spot in the final four of the OVC tournament in Nashville this weekend. The Lady Colonels move to 14-14 on the year.”The kids played incredible especially down the stretch,” said Head Coach Larry Inman.
Eastern led by as many as 10 in the first half behind the play of sophomore point guard Laura Shelton. The score was tied with 27 second to play in the first half, but Miranda Eckerle nailed a jumper to give the Lady Colonels a to point edge at the break.
Katie Kelly came through with a jumper in the lane to out Eastern on top with just over a minute to play in the game. After missed free throws, freshman Fatai Hala’api’api was fouled as she grabbed the offensive rebound. She stepped up to the line and made one of two to give the Lady Colonels a two- point lead with 19 seconds remaining.
“Our team refused to loose,” Inman said.
JSU out-rebounded the Lady Colonels, but Eastern was able to force at least 20 turnovers for the 14th time this season.
Shelton and Kelly led Eastern with 15 points each. Eckerle also posted double digits with 12 points and a team- high five rebounds. Pam Garrett ended the game with 11 points, while Hala’api’api had three points, two rebounds and two blocked shots.
The Lady Colonels will face Tennessee Tech in the second round on Friday.