BLUEFIELD, W. Va. – The 22nd-ranked University of Pikeville women’s basketball team reached 100 points for the sixth time in nine games as it rolled past Bluefield State 107-48 in its first true road game of the season on Saturday.
With the win, the Bears improve to a perfect 9-0 on the season, their best start in recorded history dating back to the 2003-04 season. Bluefield State, an NCAA Div. II member, dropped to 0-7.
Turnovers gave the Blues little chance to succeed as they gave up 39, the most for a UPIKE opponent this season. If that wasn’t tough enough to overcome, they also shot just 32.7 percent from the field, compared to 45 percent for the Bears.
UPIKE finished with a 54-11 advantage in points off turnovers as it put up 100 field-goal attempts while the Blues shot just 49. The deficit could’ve been worse for Bluefield State, but UPIKE could only make seven of its 30 3-point attempts.
Dinyell Calvert paced the Bears with 20 points, followed by Rachel Lee with 16 and Kelah Eldridge with 13. Six from UPIKE scored in double figures, leading to a 63-22 advantage at halftime.
After falling behind 34-13 in the first quarter, the Blues never were able to get back in the game. Instead, the Bears went on to lead by as many as 59 points near the end of the game.
Despite the inability to hit shots or take care of the ball, Tierra Richberg and Lyndsay Hatfield scored in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Bluefield State actually held one lead in the game at 2-0, but six minutes later UPIKE was up by 11 at 18-7 and a single-digit deficit was never seen again by the Blues.
Pikeville was visiting Midway at press time on Tuesday. Results from Pikeville-Midway women’s basketball game were unavailable at press time.