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Scoreless stretch stalls Tech in 64-52 loss at Morehead State

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Tennessee Tech owned the boards against Morehead State Thursday night, claiming a commanding 47-32 edge in rebounds.

The host Eagle women, however, had a bigger number where it counts - on the scoreboard - and chalked up a 64-52 victory over the Golden Eagles in front of 837 fans at MSU's Johnson Arena.

Tech survived a scoreless drought of nearly 10 minutes in the first half, but Morehead State held the Golden Eagles without a basket for more than 12 minutes in the second half to gain an advantage that it never gave up.

Down 40-38, the Eagles got a couple of 3-pointers from Chynna Bozeman and went on top 47-40. Tech pulled to within four, 50-46, with 4:22 remaining, but Morehead State scored the next 13 points for a 63-46 lead.

Blair Bowens hit a couple of 3-pointers in the final minute for Tech to slice the final difference to 12 points. Her first came with 33 seconds to play, Tech's first field goal in more than 12 minutes.

Bozeman scored 26 points, hitting 6-for-7 from 3-point range to lead the Eagles (9-8/3-2 OVC). Brittany Pittman, who leads the nation in blocked shots, had nine points, five rebounds and nine blocks. Tiffanie Stephens and Ashley Martin also scored nine each for MSU.

Tech (3-12/1-3 OVC) had three players in double figures, as both Bowens and Jasmine White had 15 points and eight rebounds. Vivian Nwosu had a double-double with 10 points and a career-best 12 rebounds.

Tech's inside game lifted the Golden Eagles to an early 6-0 lead before Morehead tied the contest at 9-9. Tech came back with a 10-2 run, including 3-pointers by Bowens and freshman Kelleshia Cook, putting the Golden Eagles on top, 19-11.

Tech's lead was still seven points, at 21-14, after White's layup at the 10:02 mark.

That's when things came to a standstill for the Golden Eagle offense. Tech didn't manage another point for the next 9:29, before Bowens hit a 3-pointer with 33 seconds to play.

During that stretch, the Tech defense limited Morehead State to just eight points and a 22-21 lead, so when Bowens drained her 3-pointer, it gave the Golden Eagles a 24-22 lead.

A 3-pointer by Bozeman with 13 seconds left made it 25-24 at the half in favor of the home team.

The score was tied five times during the first six minutes of the second period, and Tech went up 40-38, with 11:44 to play, when Lyons scored two free throws.

Another 3-pointer from Bozeman with 10:48 to play bumped Morehead State back on top, and the Eagles never trailed after that.

Tech shot 28.1 percent for the game, going 16-for-57 overall from the field. That included 50 percent shooting from long range (8-for-16). The Golden Eagles were 12-for-14 for 86 percent at the free throw line.

Morehead State shot 41.7 percent for the game, going 20-for-48. The Eagles were 9-for-20 for 45 percent from long range, and went 15-for-28 for 53.6 percent at the free throw line.

Tech finishes up its brief road trip into Kentucky with a game at Eastern Kentucky Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. CST.