Men's Basketball

Morehead women trounce Tennessee Tech, take over first in OVC

MOREHEAD — All five starters scored in double figures Thursday as Morehead State won a battle for the early lead in the Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball race with a 78-53 lambasting of Tennessee Tech.

Chynna Bozeman, reigning OVC Player of the Year, led the Eagles (11-4 overall, 4-1 OVC) with 18 points and six steals. Courtney Lumpkin and Ashar Harris added 14 each, Linda Dixon had 12 and Allie Turner scored 10.

Morehead scored the first five points and, after a pair of Tech free throws, the next 12 to lead 17-2.

"I'm just elated with our effort, our defensive discipline," Coach Tom Hodges said. "We carried out our game plan exactly how we wanted to."

Tech didn't get its first field goal until 6-foot-5 Brittany Darling posted up with 12:33 left in the half.

Before intermission, Morehead added runs of 9-0 and 13-0 en route to a 42-17 lead.

"I couldn't be prouder of the way we started," Hodges said. "We were in it mentally, we were in it physically, we were moving and we just played with a lot of energy. ... And, when Ashar went down with the injury, we played with a lot of composure."

Harris, who scored 12 points in the first half, suffered an injury to her left knee about a minute into the second half and did not return.

Tech (9-4, 3-1) was led by Darling with 15 points.