PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville women’s basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday, likely keeping itself ranked in the NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll at No. 21.
UPIKE opened play last week with an 84-68 loss to No. 4 Campbellsville, but bounced back in the win column two days later with an 83-50 rout of St. Catharine. That win helped the Bears drop just two spots in Tuesday’s rankings, as well as remaining one of 16 teams to appear in every poll this season.
The Mid-South Conference continued to show its strength, tying the Frontier Conference for the most ranked teams with four each. No. 4 Campbellsville leads the way, followed by No. 9 Shawnee State (Ohio), No. 21 UPIKE and No. 22 Lindsey Wilson. Georgetown is listed among others receiving votes.
Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) remained the nation’s top-ranked team, claiming eight of the 10 available first-place votes with the help of its NAIA-leading 22-game winning streak. Third-ranked Columbia (Mo.) picked up the remaining first-place nods.
UPIKE currently leads the NAIA in six different statistical categories, including total assists (469), assists per game (18.8), scoring (86.4), total points (2,160) and total offensive rebounds (1,186).
The Bears play their next three games on the road, taking road trips to Cumberlands on Saturday, Cumberland (Tenn.) on Feb. 25 and Lindsey Wilson on Feb. 27.