PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville outscored visiting Alice Lloyd College 47-33 in the second half to pick up an 80-70 win Tuesday night.
Pikeville (2-5) scored the game’s first nine points and expanded its lead to as many as 12 in the first half before the Lady Eagles mounted a comeback and took a 37-33 lead to the half.
The lead got as big as nine early in the second half before the Bears turned in a rally of their own to pull away for the win to sweep the season series with their closest geographic rivals.
Freshman guard Christin Haney scored the first five points and led 9-0 3:08 into the game. They began pumping the ball inside and when freshman Nicole Lyons scored on a layup with 12:04 left the lead was double digits (17-7) for the first time.
The lead grew to 12 (26-14) with 7:36 left when freshman Whitney Belle Jackson scored inside, but that would prove to be the biggest lead of the night.
Alice Lloyd (0-10) battled back and took its first lead of the game when sophomore Ariel Nickell scored inside with two minutes to play, making it 32-30.
The Lady Eagles scored seven of the first nine second-half points, and when freshman Haley Smith nailed a jumper with 17:28 left, the lead was 44-35.
But the Bears went on a big run of their own – turning in a 13-2 stretch – in the middle of the half and took a three-point lead at 51-48 with 12:11 left on a layup by Lyons. Alice Lloyd led one more time – a four-point advantage – before Pikeville regained control and stretched the lead to its eventual final.
Jackson paced the Bears with 23 points. The Clay County product had eight rebounds and four steals in the win. Sophomore Brogan Conley followed with 17 while pulling down eight rebounds, and Lenae Shouse-Stacy had her first double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Stacy had five offensive rebounds to lead her team to 15 of its own misses. Pikeville won the rebounding battle 49-34.
Senior guard Megan Mosley had a solid night, scoring seven while handing out eight of her team’s 22 assists.
Alice Lloyd was led by Nickel, the sophomore standout from Tazwell, Tenn., who fired in 23 and added eight rebounds.
Smith followed with 11 markers, while senior Gemma Gray scored 10, pulled down eight rebounds and handed out four assists.
Pikeville shot 47.8 percent for the game and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. The Lady Eagles shot only 37.9 percent but connected 72.2 percent from the arc.
UPIKE will be back in action on Thursday night when it visits Cumberlands at 6 p.m. It returns home on Monday night at 7 p.m. to play Bluefield College.
At that game and the 5:30 start the next evening against Virginia Intermont, the Bears will continue their efforts to provide supplies for Judi’s Place for Kids, which helps children who come from abused situations. Anyone bringing a new stuffed animal, a child’s blanket or Play-Doh to the either game will be admitted free of charge.