Poretr among four UPIKE players named all-conference


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PIKEVILLE – For the first time since 2003, the University of Pikeville women’s basketball team collected four All Mid-South Conference awards, league officials announced on Wednesday at the annual awards banquet in Frankfort.

Sophomore Aundrea Matchen was named to the 10-player first team, while juniors Kelah Eldridge and Kandice Porter, along with sophomore Devin Conley, earned spots as second-team selections.

Porter is a Prestonsburg native who graduated from Sheldon Clark High School.

For Eldridge and Porter, this is their second straight season receiving All-MSC accolades.

Matchen helped UPIKE (21-7) to a program-record 17-0 start by leading the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game while also leading the Bears on the glass with 6.5 rebounds per contest. Matchen was efficient too, ranking 23rd in the NAIA in field-goal percentage (47.6) and earned NAIA National Player of the Week honors on Jan. 12, the first for any Pikeville player.

Conley finished the regular season second on the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game, hitting an NAIA 24th-best 65 threes. Porter and Eldridge tied for third on the team at 10.8 points per contest each, while Porter also blocked a team-best 36 shots and Eldridge 43 threes and hit 46 of 57 free throws.

The awards were announced on the eve of the 2016 MSC Tournament where No. 5-seed UPIKE was set to face face No. 4-seed Georgetown in the quarterfinals on Thursday night in the Frankfort Convention Center.

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