PUERTO RICO – Aundrea Matchen poured in a career-high 37 points to lead 22nd-ranked University of Pikeville past Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 105-92 in the final game of the Puerto Rico Sports Tournament on Saturday.
The Bears (7-0) hand the Tigers (7-2) just their second loss of the season after winning their first game on the Puerto Rico tour against Sacred Heart 80-51 on Friday.
Olivet’s only other loss on the season came against ninth-ranked Marian (Ind.) 109-103.
Matchen’s performance is the highest scoring mark since Callisha Johnson netted 39 against King (Tenn.) in head coach Joanna McNamee’s second game at UPIKE during the 2013-14 season. Matchen connected on 17 of 29 shots, all coming from inside the 3-point arc while also pulling down 10 rebounds.
UPIKE had no trouble controlling the glass 67-39 as Rachel Lee chipped in with nine boards and Dinyell Calvert and Kelah Eldridge finished with eight each. The Bears also shot better from the field, connecting at 48.8 percent, compared to 35.9 percent for the Tigers.
For all the good things that happened, including being up 49-34 at halftime and extending the lead to 24 points heading into the fourth quarter, Olivet nearly found a way to sneak back in.
With UPIKE turning the ball over a season-high 36 times for the game, the Tigers finally took advantage in the final quarter with a 27-16 scoring advantage. But even with the change of fortune offensively, the Bears had built a big enough lead to keep it in double figures.
Credit free-throw shooting for giving Olivet a fighting chance as well as it connected on 30 of its 46 attempts from the stripe. UPIKE, on the other hand, went there 25 times, making 17.
Also reaching double figures scoring for the Bears was Lee with 13, Adison Corder with 11 and Eldridge chipping in with 10 points, including a pair of threes.