The Cougars, seeded third, mounted a furious comeback in the fourth quarter after trailing 43-33, and got within one point with 36 seconds remaining.
After Eastern Kentucky made a basket with nine seconds to extend the lead to three points, SIUE missed two layups before fouling. Eastern Kentucky missed two free throws with three seconds remaining, but SIUE was unable to get a shot off in the final seconds according to the ESPN.com play-by-play.
Eastern Kentucky advances to the OVC Tournament championship game to play top-seeded Belmont. The winner advances to the NCAA women’s tournament.
SIUE finished the season 14-17.