FRANKFORT – Devin Conley knocked down five 3-pointers and Kelah Eldridge and Taylor McGlade added three more each to lead the fifth-seeded University of Pikeville women’s basketball team past No. 4-seed Georgetown 63-51 on Thursday in the Mid-South Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
The Bears (22-7) advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2014, and just the fourth time overall.
While the threes were flying for the Bears, making 11 of 27, it was an otherwise poor shooting night on both sides. Georgetown (14-15) hit at 33.9 percent and UPIKE hit at a 31.9 percent clip. The Tigers also outrebounded the Bears 51-37, but even with those advantages, there’s no fixes for 24 turnovers with just three assists.
Utilizing a 2-2-1 press to perfection, UPIKE sped up the pace and turned the game around after falling behind by 11 points at 33-22 early in the third quarter. With the offense seemingly hitting a wall, Conley did the only thing she could, catch fire from behind the arc.
When she connected on the Bears’ fourth straight 3-pointer late in the third, the 13-2 run had things tied at 35-35 in just over two minutes. From there, UPIKE stayed on the gas and put Georgetown away with another three from Conley and a late one from Taylor McGlade to eventually reach its largest lead of 12 with a minute to play.
Emilie Ziese and Jessica Foster paced Georgetown with 12 points each, but the Tigers shot just 2 of 16 from behind the arc and couldn’t take care of the basketball down the stretch.