CAMPBELLSVILLE – The undefeated season for the 17th-ranked University of Pikeville women’s basketball team is no more as No. 2 Campbellsville topped it 67-54 on Saturday in the Powell Athletic Center.
UPIKE (17-1, 4-1 MSC) trailed by as many as 29 points in the first half, shooting just 14.8 percent from the field. The Bears fared better in the second at 46.9 percent, but it was too little, too late against the stingy Tiger defense.
UPIKE’s 54 points are the fewest it’s scored this season, coming in lower than the 64 scored against Lindsey Wilson on Jan. 7. The Bears’ 19 made field goals are also a season worst.
Aundrea Matchen, UPIKE’s leading scorer, was held to just two points on 0-for-9 shooting from the field. In her place scoring was Prisha Rogers off the bench with 13 and Devin Conley and Kelah Eldridge chipping in with nine each. Conley made her mark connecting on three 3-pointers.
Campbellsville (17-3, 5-1 MSC) got a game-high 18 points from Lindsey Burd who was a load in the paint, grabbing 10 boards. Emily Fox joined her in double figures with 17, hitting four threes.
Even with Burd tallying a double-double, UPIKE still outrebounded the Tigers 48-41. But that advantage wasn’t enough to overcome 29 turnovers with just nine assists. Campbellsville also hit 23 free throws, compared to 12 for UPIKE to keep itself comfortably in the lead.
After being outscored by 15 in the first quarter, three in the second and 13 in the third, UPIKE finally got some momentum in the fourth, outscoring the Tigers 24-6. But 14 percent shooting in the first half proved too much to overcome, hitting just four of its 27 attempts.