Basketball, Sports

Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball Defeat SIUE

In a televised Ohio Valley Conference Women’s basketball game, Tech faced SIEU on Jan. 20 in the Hooper Eblen Center. Mackensie Coleman takes the ball with Madison Webb in pursuit. Photo by Ronald Metz.

Tech women basketball beat Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) on Feb.12 68-64.

Anna Jones led all Tech scorers with 23 points, and Anna Walker led all Golden Eagles in rebounds with 13 rebounds, six defensive and seven offensive. Jones also led the team with two assists.

The win makes the ninth victory out of the last 10 games for Tech. Head Coach Kim Rosamound knew the lone loss to Belmont was an opportunity for this team.

“We fought for three quarters against Belmont. It was a heavyweight battle, one you would expect from two of the best teams in the league,” Rosamound said. “For the last six to eight minutes we just ran out of gas. We did not finish at the free-throw line, I think we missed six or seven straight free-throw lines in the fourth quarter. We were also 1 of 8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter as well, and we were 2 of 13 from the floor in the fourth quarter, and we shot 15% in the fourth quarter while Belmont shot 80% and was 8/10 from the floor and we didn’t finish as a team. But I am proud of their effort and I’m very proud of their heart and I do believe that this team will learn from this and will grow.”

For SIUE, their leading scorer was Gabby Nikitinatite with 17 points, and Prema Chella led the team with 10 rebounds. Mikayla Kinnard led the Cougars with four assists, two turnovers in 33 minutes of playing.

Since Feb. 1, the women’s team beat  UT Martin 67-56 on Jan. 31, defeated Morehead State 87-69 on Feb. 3 and lost to Belmont 58-49 on Feb. 5. This was their first loss in five games. Then they beat Eastern Illinois (EIU) 65-54 on Feb. 11.

Tech’s women’s basketball will be at home for their next game against South East Missouri (SEMO) on Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. and then on the road at Austin Peay (APSU) on Feb.19 at 1:30 p.m. Both of these games will be aired nationally on ESPN+.

The women’s basketball team closes out the regular season at home against Tennessee State on Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m., and UT Martin on Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. The Ohio Valley Conference begins on March 2 in Evansville, Indiana.