EKU women's basketball

EKU sophomore Bria Bass goes up against the Saint Louis defense in the Colonels first loss of the season 70-43. Bass had six points for the Colonels. (Zachery Combest/ Progress) 

The women’s basketball team opened the 2018-19 season in McBrayer Arena on Friday and fell to Saint Louis 70-43.

Saint Louis shot the lights out compared to EKU as the Billikens went 25 for 50 (50 percent) from the field and made 18 of 26 free throws in the victory.

The Colonels on the other hand struggled to hit shots. EKU shot 30.2 percent (16 for 53) in the game and had a tough time at the charity stripe, missing 10 free throws.

Saint Louis finished with the largest lead in the game at 27 points and the Billikens led for 33:25.

For EKU, Mashayla Cecil led the team with nine points. Bria Bass led the Colonels on the boards as she came away with six rebounds. Bass also contributed six points.

According to a press release from Kevin Britton, “Two free throws in the first quarter gave freshman Hailey McCoy the first points of her career. Freshman Aasiya Berry scored her first points as a Colonel off a layup with 7:28 left in the second quarter.”

Freshman Mashayla Cecil scored her first points as a Colonel in the third quarter and finished with seven points in the game.

Saint Louis (1-0) was led by Kendra Wilken’s game-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field.

Eastern was out rebounded in the game 45 to 26 and EKU only had three offensive rebounds.

Points in the paint also helped the Billikens cruise to the win as they scored 42 points in the lane while EKU only had 14 points.

EKU falls to 0-1 on the season and will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Oxford, Ohio to face Miami University. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.  

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