PUERTO RICO – Led by Devin Conley’s career-high 33 points, including nine 3-pointers, the 22nd-ranked University of Pikeville women’s basketball team dominated in its first game outside the continental United States with a 121-62 win over Turabo Tainas on Friday.
Conley went 9 of 15 from behind the arc to lead four Bears in double figures. Aundrea Matchen added 22 points, Kelah Eldridge had 17 and Kandice Porter tallied 10. Taylor McGlade made one three, but was much busier running the offense with a game-high 13 assists.
UPIKE (6-0) shot just under 50 percent from the field (48.9) while limiting Turabo to a 30.3 percent showing, including a 1-for-8 performance from deep. Both teams finished 21 of 31 from the free-throw line.
Defense continued to be key for the Bears’ success as they came away with 20 steals. Turabo turned the ball over 26 times with just six assists.
Those miscues and hot UPIKE shooting led to the Bears building a 33-11 lead in the first quarter.
By halftime it was 67-26, then heading into the final quarter the lead was 48 points. UPIKE went on cruise control the rest of the way as Turabo had its best showing in the fourth, only being outscored 31-20.
Raiza Rodriguez paced Turabo with 20 points and Elisa Joyce joined her in double figures with 14. Rodriguez did most of her damage from the stripe, hitting 10 of 12 freebies.
UPIKE was led on the glass by Rachel Lee’s career-best 11 rebounds, Conley had the most blocks with two and Matchen led the defense with five steals.