PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville outscored Bluefield College 21-6 from the free throw line and used the advantage to post a 67-59 win on Monday night.
UPIKE (3-7) was 22-of-67 from the floor, while the Rams were 23-of-67. Bluefield sank seven three-point shots to two for the Bears.
But Pikeville got to the line 28 times and made 21 of them, while Bluefield was 6-of-11.
Pikeville also controlled the glass with 53 rebounds to 41 for its guest, and 23 of them were off the offensive glass. Pikeville also forced 17 turnovers while committing only 12 in the win.
Bluefield (5-4) got out to an early lead and was up by as many as seven (29-22) with 3:04 to play in the first half after a three-point shot by junior Antonia Cataldi. It was one of four threes she sank in the first half in as many attempts, scoring all 12 of her points before recess.
Pikeville went on a 9-2 run to tie the game on a layup by Lanae Shouse-Stacy with 36 seconds left, but the Rams held a 35-33 lead at the half.
The Bears opened the second half with six straight points to regain a lead it would never relinquish. A 10-1 run in the middle of the half, on which five different players scored, stretched the lead to 15 (59-44) with 8:17 to play.
The Rams got as close as four on two occasions down the stretch, but the Bears bowed their backs and held on for the win.
Freshman Whitney Belle Jackson scored 16 points and had eight rebounds, with four of them off the offensive glass. Sophomore Brogan Conley followed with 15, while senior Megan Mosley came off the bench for 13 and a game-high five assists.
Junior Lanae Shouse-Stacy, who had nine points, led all players with 10 rebounds. Like Jackson, half hers came on the offensive end.
Freshman guard Christin Haney had six points and nine rebounds. The Lexington product had five rebounds off the offensive rim.
Bluefield College was paced by Cataldi’s dozen points. Senior Kia Gilliard followed closely with 11 and handed out four assists.
Sophomores Janee Simmons and Destiny Tolliver, who had five points each, led the Rams with seven rebounds.
It will be a short turnaround time for the Bears, who are back at the UPIKE Gym on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. to play the Lady Cobras of Virginia Intermont College.