NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Too many turnovers and not nearly enough free throws cost the University of Pikeville on Saturday in a 77-47 loss at Indiana-Southeast.
The Bears suffered through 29 turnovers in the game and were credited with only nine assists in their fourth straight loss. In addition, they managed only 4-of-16 shooting from the free throw line and suffered a loss in renewing the rivalry the schools shared when both were members of the KIAC.
All of that made the 40-30 rebounding advantage – and 15 offensive rebounds – inconsequential.
IUS (5-3) took a 35-21 lead to the half and then clicked on all cylinders in the final 20 minutes. The Grenadiers hit 51.9 percent from the floor, including 5-of-9 from the arc, and added 9-of-11 shooting from the line to extend their lead.
Freshman Christin Haney led the Bears in scoring for the first time in her career, flipping in 13 points. She was the only Bear to make a free throw in the game, going 4-of-8 from the line.
Sophomore Brogan Conley followed up her career-high 28 against Shawnee State on Monday night with 12 points and six rebounds, while freshman Whitney Belle Jackson tossed in 10 markers and added eight boards.
Freshman Sydni Wainscott came off the bench to lead the Bears with five assists in the loss.
Grenadier guard Ashmere Woods hit three three-point shots to lead all scorers with 20 points. Forward Megan Murphy followed with 15, hitting three treys herself, and led everybody with nine rebounds as well.
Guard Heather Wheat scored 12 points and had a game-high six assists.
Pikeville (1-5) will be back in action Tuesday night when it hosts Alice Lloyd College at 6 p.m. The game will be the first of four played this season at the UPIKE Gym and is a rematch of Pikeville’s 78-53 win in Pippa Passes on Nov. 8.
As part of its initiative to raise awareness for Judi’s Place for Kids, everyone bringing a new child's blanket or a stuffed animal to the game will be admitted free of charge.