EMORY, Va. – The 23rd-ranked University of Pikeville women’s basketball team won the Comfort Inn Holiday Tournament and it wasn’t even close, taking apart host Emory & Henry 103-68 behind 21 points on seven 3-pointers from Kelah Eldridge.
It was another opponent that looked primed to challenge the undefeated Bears on paper at 8-1. But the Wasps (8-2) were far from it on Sunday, falling behind by as many as 40 points at 66-26 on a three from Eldridge early in the third quarter.
Emory & Henry went up 8-5 to start the game, but back-to-back threes from Eldridge started a 10-0 UPIKE run that gave it a lead it would never relinquish. The Bears rocketed ahead 57-22 by halftime before starting the third period with a 9-2 run to grab the 40-point margin.
The Wasps cut it to 27 with a 7-0 run in the fourth, but that’s as close as it would get while unable to get anything going from deep. Emory & Henry finished 3 of 7 from three, compared to a 14-of-26 UPIKE effort.
UPIKE (14-0) outshot the Wasps 57 to 41 percent from the field and outrebounded them 44-25. The Bears did have one extra turnover at 19-18, but made up for it with a 21-12 lead in assists.
Eldridge wasn’t a one-woman show as Dinyell Calvert added 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Aundrea Matchen chipped in with 19. Devin Conley added four 3-pointers to finish with 16 points, while Kandice Porter reached double figures with 10.
Emory & Henry’s Taylor Blevins led all players with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. The Wasps’ next leading scorer was Jada Penn with eight.