WILLIAMSBURG – Devin Conley scored 16 points with the help of four 3-pointers to help the 21st-ranked University of Pikeville women’s basketball team avoid a late collapse and hold on for a 68-64 win at Cumberlands on Saturday.
The Bears led by 14 points early in the fourth quarter when Kandice Porter took off for a layup off a Prisha Rogers steal. But the lead wasn’t safe as UPIKE’s offense went absent and the Patriots shot off on a 15-2 run to cut the deficit to one with 58 seconds to play.
Nearly four minutes went by without any UPIKE (21-5, 7-5 MSC) points until Porter provided a big lift with another bucket coming out of a timeout to make it 67-64. After a nearly flawless attack throughout the quarter, a turnover on Cumberlands’ next possession took away its chance at cutting into the lead or hitting a three to tie.
Forced to foul, the Patriots sent Rogers to the free-throw line where she hit one of two, essentially putting the game away as Lateesha DeLoach missed on a three on the other end as time expired.
Porter and Aundrea Matchen joined Conley in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Porter paced the Bears on the glass with seven rebounds, although the Patriots led the game in rebounds 34-31.
Cumberlands (11-13, 2-10 MSC) stayed in the game by hitting 12 threes at a 50 percent clip, it needed them all after shooting just 36 percent from the field. UPIKE had a good shooting day from all areas, hitting at 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from behind the arc.
The Patriots had some early success, holding a seven point lead at 14-7 in the first quarter. UPIKE closed the period on a 10-0 run to get back in front until Cumberlands had a brief comeback to take its last lead of the game at 22-21 on a jumper by DeLoach.
From there, UPIKE led by as many as eight points before halftime, then by 14 early in the final quarter.