PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - UPIKE women’s basketball couldn’t pull off the upset of the year, losing to No. 3 Campbellsville on Senior Day, 82-63.
It was a tough game for UPIKE from the start as Campbellsville delivered an opening gut check with a 21-5 run right out of the gate. The Tigers eventually led 29-13 at the end of the first.
As they have frequently this season, UPIKE bounced back well in the second quarter and cut the lead down to eight points before halftime. Mary Englert scored nine of her team-high 15 points in the second quarter as part of that comeback effort.
UPIKE continually kept fighting after halftime, keeping the Tigers lead around seven points for most of the third quarter, but the Tigers scored seven points in the last 1:12 of the third, capped off by a buzzer-beating corner three from Caitlin Hall.
The Tigers shot 57 percent in the second half to eventually put the Bears away. Five Campbellsville players scored in double-figures led by Madison Faulkner’s 18.
Much like the two’s first matchup, Campbellsville’s pressure defense caused problems for UPIKE all day and forced 22 turnovers, which turned into 20 points. Campbellsville outscored the Bears 14-9 in the fourth quarter to finish the conference season undefeated.
In her final regular season game at UPIKE, Emily Baker went 4-4 for eight points with three rebounds and a game high five steals.
By virtue of tiebreakers, UPIKE will enter next weekend’s Mid-South Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed and will get a quick rematch against No. 6 Georgetown. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at the East Kentucky Expo Center.