Redhawks Second Half Run Propels Them to 66-56 Win
Feb. 12, 2009
RICHMOND, KY. (Thursday, February 12, 2009) - A 10-3 run with four minutes remaining secured a Redhawks women's basketball 66-56 Ohio Valley Conference road win against rival Eastern Kentucky on Thursday evening at McBrayer Arena. The win moved the Redhawks into fifth place in the OVC standings and gave them their eighth-straight win over the Lady Colonels (6-17, 3-11) and their third-straight victory on their court.
Through the first seven minutes of the second half, the lead changed hands nine times. After the Lady Colonel's Kayla Drake tied the score at 40-40 with a pair of free throws at the 11:34 mark, the Redhawks (13-11, 8-5 OVC) scored eight of the next nine points to move out in front by seven, 48-41, with 9:02 remaining in the game.
A free throw by Crysta Glenn and a three-pointer from Lauren Sharpe capped a 12-3 Redhawks run and gave them a nine-point lead, 52-43, with 5:48 left to play. A three-pointer by Drake and a three-point play by Cherie White,cut the deficit to four, 53-49, with just over four minutes left in the game.
The Redhawks then answered by using its decisive 10-3 run to go on top 63-52 with 49 seconds left in the game. Rachel Blunt's lay-up with just under two minutes to go pushed their lead back to seven, 59-52. Four straight Redhawks free throws extended their lead to 11 with less than a minute to play and snapped their two-game road losing streak.
The Redhawks led for the first 18 minutes and 24 seconds of the first half. Seven straight points by Sonya Daugherty put them in front by 12, 19-7, with 10:09 remaining in the opening period.
The two teams then exchanged a series of runs. The Lady Colonels scored eight straight, including back-to-back three-pointers by Ilona Muszak to draw within four, 19-15, with 7:26 to go before intermission. The Redhawks then rolled off six unanswered to go back on top by double digits, 25-15, with 4:11 showing on the clock.
The Redhawks then went cold the remainder of the first half as the Lady Colonels went on an 11-0 run during that span. White scored seven of the 11 points. With 36 seconds to play in the first half, Sarah Fraser-Jones tied the score with a transition lay-up. White's free throw with 0.6 seconds remaining gave the home squad its first lead, 26-25.
Daugherty collected her third career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. She also added five assists and three steals to lead the team in both categories.
Glenn and Sharpe led the team with 13 points apiece. Glenn added seven rebounds and converted seven of her ten free throws. Sharpe returned to the line-up after sitting out the last two games with a chect injury.
Tarina Nixon scored 12 points after going scoreless in the first half.
Drake and White each finished with 13 points for the Lady Colonels. White added a career-high 14 rebounds for her first career double-double. Drake also finished with six rebounds and six assists. Muszak knocked down four three-pointers and finished with 12 points.
The Redhawks can put some distance between themselves and sixth place Morehead State on Saturday as the two team's will face each other at 1:00 p.m. in Morehead, Kentucky.