BY: TYLER PHILLIPS
The Lady Colonels pushed past rival Morehead State University to win 62-52. The win put Eastern (9-6, 3-1 OVC) on top in the all-time series 42-41 and moved Eastern further up the East division standings in the OVC.
Senior Jade Barber carried the Colonels past the Lady Eagles (6-12, 2-2 OVC) with a 21-point and 19 rebound performance. Barber came into the game as the leading rebounder in the OVC and only solidified that spot after Saturday’s performance. Barber is averaging 14 points and nearly 11 rebounds per game.
The Lady Colonels got off to a slow start. Morehead State led most of the first half, but head coach Chrissy Roberts wasn’t concerned.
“I have a lot of confidence in this team,” she said. “I knew that once we settled down our shots would fall.”
Brittany Coles added 16 points in all 40 minutes to secure the win. Coles’ four three-pointers in the game put her in 8th place all-time at Eastern for three-pointers made.
Against a more finesse squad in Morehead State, Barber’s height and length made it difficult for the Lady Eagles to defend her. The team realized that and used Butler’s physique to their advantage.
“We saw that they were really finesse players, that would rather play outside than inside,” she said. “I thought to use my physicality against them.”
Eastern leads the conference in points allowed per game at 59 and in blocked shots. The Lady Colonels average five blocks per game and total with 73 on the season.
The game against an in-state rival like Morehead State is one that no one wanted to lose. Coach Roberts was extremely happy with her players after a big win like that.
“I’m extremely proud of our team’s effort and energy,” she said. “We made hustle plays tonight.”
For her efforts against Morehead, Barber was named the OVC Player of the Week. This was the first time she had earned the award.
The Lady Colonels are 4-1 in their last five games. With Eastern pushing its record to 3-1 in conference play, only Belmont University and Tennessee Tech are in front of them.
The Lady Colonels bounce back to the court on Jan. 19 at Jacksonville State University and again Jan. 21st at Belmont University.