Buckner, who led the Gamecocks in scoring with 15 points off the bench, and Morton combined for 25 points in JSU’s 19th setback of the season. The Lady Colonels improved to 10-6 overall and 4-1 in OVC play.
It was Buckner’s three-point shooting ability that kick-started Jax State’s offense in the first half as she hit a pair of her three treys in the first half. The Detroit, Mich.-native bagged eight of her points in the first 20 minutes. Morton, playing against her home state school, gave JSU its largest lead of the contest at 12-6 with 11:52 left in the first half. Morton has now registered double digit scoring marks in the last three games. The Lexington, Ky.-guard matched her season high in assists with five and was credited with one block and one steal in 36 minutes of activity.
The Lady Colonels feasted on JSU turnovers as they scored 23 points off 21 miscues by the Gamecocks, along with blocking six shots in the affair. EKU also had the advantage on the backboards by out-rebounding Jax State, 51-42. EKU’s Jade Barber pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds, including ten in the first half.
Marie Carpenter shared game-high scoring honors with Buckner, while Brittany Coles finished with 13 points and Alex Jones added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
JSU freshman Destany McLin came off the bench to post nine points in the setback. Senior Danielle Vaughn and sophomore Miranda Cantrell each pulled down nine rebounds.
The Gamecocks return to the floor on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Nashville, Tenn. as they face Tennessee State at the Gentry Center on the TSU campus. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.