NEW ORLEANS, La. -- UPIKE women’s basketball trailed with less than 90 seconds to go, but thanks to a some clutch free-throw shooting – mostly from Elisabeth Latham – the Bears were able to steal the lead and preserve its perfect record on Friday, defeating Mobile (Ala.) 62-58.
Latham hit her only bucket of the game to tie the game with just over a minute left to tie the game, hit a pair of free throws to take the lead, then Sierra Feltner split her pair of free throws to give UPIKE a three-point lead.
Latham then added to her clutch-time outing by blocking a potential game-tying three-pointer and got her own rebound to ice the game. All six of Latham’s points in the game came in that stretch and she added eight rebounds.
UPIKE led most of the game on the shoulders of its stout defense. The Bears limited Mobile to just 28.1 percent shooting from the field and 20 percent from long distance.
Pikeville got out to a big early lead on that defense, holding the Rams to just seven points. But although Mobile didn’t have its strongest shooting day, when it did score, it scored in bunches.
That sentiment may not have been more evident by Kelsey Pinera and Jordyn York going on a 10-0 run by themselves to tie the game. York and Pinera provided a majority of the offense for Mobile with 36 combined points. The Bears would lead by three by halftime.
The lead would change hands twice in the third, but a final minute 6-0 run by the Bears would put UPIKE ahead by four going into the final period.
Despite Latham’s heroics, Pikeville was led by Kayla Mullins and Emily Baker with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
The Bears have the opportunity to continue its perfect record with a 2:00 p.m. Saturday tip-off against tournament host Loyola-New Orleans.