WISE, Va. – Trailing by six with less than five minutes to play, UVa.-Wise went on a 12-0 run to get past the University of Pikeville women’s basketball team 71-66 on Monday night at the Prior Center.
Using a six-player rotation for all but six minutes, the Cavaliers were the epitome of a balanced team. Taylor Sandidge, Katie Jo Lester and Reyneshia Archer all scored 15 points, while Makenzie Cluesman chipped in with 14 and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
Jayme Jackson and Cheyenne Madden paced Pikeville with 12 points each, while Cheyenne Madden had 12 points and seven boards and Kandice Porter tallied eight points and seven rebounds. All of Jackson’s points came in the first half when she was 4 of 6 from behind the arc.
UPIKE (2-5) shot just 39.7 percent from the field and didn’t help itself with a 1-for-9 mark on threes in the second half. The long ball was there in the first 20 minutes as UPIKE hit five of its 12 attempts. UVa.-Wise connected on 45.8 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from three.
The lead switched hands six times in the first half, although the Cavaliers (5-1) led by as many as seven points in the first six minutes.
By hitting three of its first four shots, the Bears enjoyed a 7-6 lead with 16:35 left, but UVa.-Wise went on an 8-0 run to double up UPIKE over the next two minutes. Archer drove uncontested through the lane for four of the points before Madden’s 3-point play ended the run.
While chipping away at the lead over the nxt few minutes, UPIKE extended one possession with three straight offensive rebounds, allowing Brogan Conley to cut the deficit to two with a turnaround jumper. Kelah Eldridge followed that up with a three to put UPIKE back on top 18-17.
The Bear’s largest lead of the half came when Madden hit a jumper to make it 35-31, but the Cavs held close, going into halftime down by a single point at 39-38 after a basket by Brittany Swindall.
It was never more than a two-possession game for the majority of the second half.
The Bears reached their largest lead of the game at 63-57 on a pair of free throws by Johnson with 4:42 to play.
UPIKE wouldn’t score again for four minutes, until Patrice Tonge hit a three with 42 seconds left to make it a 71-66 Cavalier lead. Neither team scored again the rest of the way.
The Bears are off until Saturday, hosting West Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. at the East Kentucky Expo Center.