With about 30 seconds to go, Eastern Kentucky’s Alexus Cooper stole the ball and got it to Hunter. Brianna Mullins’ last-second shot for Central Arkansas was off-target at the buzzer. Both teams will conclude play in the consolation round on Saturday.
The Colonels (1-1) got 15 points from Shameekia Murray; Hunter had 14 points and six rebounds, and Mariah Massengill had seven assists. Eastern Kentucky pulled off 14 steals and had a 28-14 advantage in points in the paint.
The Sugar Bears (0-2) were paced by Mullins, who had 21 points and eight rebounds. Maggie Proffitt added 16 points, and Terai Sadler had 10 points and eight rebounds.