WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. -- In arguably its most balanced, efficient night of the season, UPIKE women’s basketball dropped its foot on the gas early and never looked back in an 82-75 win over Cumberlands (Ky.) on Thursday.
Four players scored in double figures for the Bears, led by Mary Englert’s 18. Alexis Reed (17 points), Brianna Burbridge (16) and Sierra Feltner (10) joined her in double figures.
Seemingly regardless of where Pikeville was putting shots up, they were falling. The Bears shot 45 percent from the floor overall, 37 percent from beyond-the-arc, and 75 percent from the charity stripe, all of which dropped after a fourth-quarter slump. Free throws made the difference in the game as UPIKE shot 16 more free throws than the Patriots and made 12 more.
It was on from the start the Bears, as UPIKE started the game on an 8-0 run. Cumberlands would get that lead down to three points by the end of the first, but outside of a short time to begin the second when the lead got down to two, that’s the smallest the lead would be for the rest of the game.
Despite dominating the first three quarters, UC nearly came back in the fourth quarter after the free throw shooting went cold for UPIKE. After making 14 of 15 in the first three quarters, the Bears missed four of their first six in the fourth. In that time, Cumberlands was able to get within seven points to stay alive.
Reed put a stop to that free throw slump as she made six in a row to ice the game for the Bears. The Mason County High School product was clutch from the free-throw line all night, making 11 of her 12 attempts, the most made by a Pikeville player this season.
With the win UPIKE moves to 16-8, and 5-3 in the Mid-South Conference. The Bears will try to make it three wins in a row Saturday afternoon in Marietta as Pikeville takes on Life. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.