BY: TYLER PHILLIPS
Even traveling doesn’t stop the Lady Colonels from winning. Eastern’s women’s basketball team traveled Saturday to Cape Girardeau, Mo. to face the Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks and came back with another win, 53-49.
This win makes it the seventh out of their last 10 games to be in the win column.
The Lady Colonels had big performances from Alex Jones and Marie Carpenter to help them secure a road conference win. Senior Alex Jones had another double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Junior Guard Marie Carpenter led the team with 15 points in just 14 minutes of action. In the first half, Carpenter was called for two quick fouls and only played three minutes.
However, Carpenter turned it on in the second half and made sure the Colonels wouldn’t lose.
“I knew when I got back into the game in the second half, I needed to play to the best of my ability, and give them a spark,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter scored all of her 15 points in the second half with two 3-pointers and hitting seven of eight free throws.
Since Carpenter’s return from a broken hand injury earlier in the year, she’s helped spark the Lady Colonels and lift the team’s energy.
“Its always great to have her back, it took her a couple games to get back into it but she is tenacious and hard working,” senior guard Raechele Gray said. “She’s our best defender also so it’s great having her back.”
The Nashville, Tenn. native Carpenter attributed her comeback to getting extra shots in the gym after practice.
“I’ve been getting back into it slowly but surely,” Carpenter said.
Freshman Miranda Maples gave the Lady Colonels a lift off the bench late in the game after hitting a three to give Eastern a two-point lead with three minutes to go. Finally, an offensive rebound led Eastern to the win.