LEBANON, Tenn. -- UPIKE nearly got three double-doubles in the same game after some spectacular individual performances guided the Bears to a 75-66 win against Cumberland (Tenn.) on Saturday.
Brianna Burbridge led the Bears in scoring with 20 points and eight rebounds, but Emily Baker and Mia Greatrex both recorded double-doubles, their seventh and second of the year, respectively.
Greatrex, a nearby Murfreesboro, Tenn. native, had her best game of the season in front of a large contingent of friends and family that nearly turned the game into a home-court advantage for the Bears. She turned in 14 points and 10 rebounds, but also added six blocks and four assists. Six blocks is the most by a Bear this season. Baker recorded an equally impressive stat lime with 13 points, 10 rebounds with five steals and five assists.
UPIKE won three of the four quarters and tied the other. Cumberland was without the services of their leading scorer and primary deep threat, Carli Codner-Pinto, which turned the game into a battle of post players. UPIKE’s guards only scored 21 of the Bears’ 75, but mostly because they didn’t need to.
The Bears kept feeding the post all night, and the resulting 19 assists was the third-most in a game this season.
The first two quarters were fairly evenly matched, with five ties and three lead changes. UPIKE led by as much as nine early, but Cumberland consistently kept crawling back in it, leading to just a four-point halftime lead for the Bears.
UPIKE nearly put the game away late in the third quarter, leading by as much as 13, but the Phoenix closed the final 1:08 of the third on a 9-0 run.
However, Pikeville quickly righted the ship in the fourth and got the lead back to double-digits with about six minutes to go. From there, the lead would not drop back within five points for the rest of the game.
UPIKE’s win, coupled with Lindsey Wilson upsetting Shawnee State, created a near three-way tie for second place in the Mid-South Conference. Shawnee State holds a half-game lead at 7-3, while Lindsey Wilson and UPIKE are at 7-4.
Those results set the stage for a huge matchup on Thursday with Shawnee State at home. The women’s game is set to tip at 6:00 p.m. at the East Kentucky Expo Center.