BY: TYLER PHILLIPS
The Lady Colonels had a true double-double this past week with one of the most successful three-day stretches of the season.
Saturday, the women faced one of the top teams in the OVC, the Belmont Bruins, and pulled off a huge win that put the Colonels in a tie for first with Belmont (8-2 OVC) in the Eastern division of the conference. Then on Monday night, the Lady Colonels beat Tennessee State with a huge second half, outscoring the Lady Tigers 44-30 to pull off the win.
Both wins moved the women’s basketball team’s home record to 10-1 this season.
Improving their overall record to 12-7 (6-2 OVC), the Lady Colonels got revenge on the Bruins after Belmont beat them their previous meeting. After leading 33-21 at halftime, Eastern pushed its lead to 17, but after an eight-minute scoreless stretch, the Bruins cut Eastern’s lead to just 2.
The Colonels responded behind the play of seniors Alex Jones, who recorded her seventh double-double of the season, and Raechele Gray, who scored 10 points.
Eastern’s shooting percentage was only 32 percent, but the women still hit 21 of 28 free throws and played solid defense. The Bruins’ shooting looked a little worse after they shot 31 percent from the floor after shooting over 50 percent the previous game against Eastern.
Monday night the Lady Colonels kept their winning momentum against Tennessee (8-11, 4-4). However, Eastern didn’t play well in the first half after making just 6 of 31 shots.
After the bad shooting perfor- mance in the first half, Eastern turned up the heat. The Lady Colonels shot 50 percent in the second half and made three 3-pointers to eventually grab and maintain the lead.
Junior Marie Carpenter scored 19, including 8-8 free throws, to push the Lady Colonels past Tennessee State. Senior Jade Barber scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, which is her 10th double-double of the season.
The Lady Colonels will play both games away from Richmond this weekend, playing Saturday, Feb. 2 at Southeast Missouri State and Monday, Feb. 4 at University of Tennessee at Martin.