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First-half runs lead Wise past Bears

WISE, Va. – The U.Va.-Wise Cavaliers used a pair of first-half runs to pull away from the University of Pikeville 80-52 Saturday afternoon.

The win gave the Cavs, 5-14, their first Mid-South Conference win of the season at 1-7, and kept UPIKE, 4-16, winless in eight league games.

Trailing 8-5 early, the Bears went on an 11-2 run. Freshman Whitney Belle Jackson opened it with six quick points. After a pair of buckets by sophomore Brogan Conley, Jackson scored on a layup with 12:10 to play to make it 16-10.

Conley the Bears with 14 points to go with seven rebounds, while Jackson scored 13 and added nine rebounds.

Shortly thereafter, however, Wise had the first of its runs. Four different Cavs scored in a 9-0 run which ended with a steal and layin by Kristin Mullins to put the home tea on top 21-17 with 9:33 left.

A baseline jumper by senior Jalisa Jones with 6:24 tied the game at 25, but from there, a 15-2 run by the Cavs essentially put the game away before halftime. Again the scoring was spread out, with five players contributing to the cause. Five of them came from Mullins, whose free throw with 1:43 left made it 40-27.

Wise took a 44-30 lead to the break and was never threatened in the second half.

Point guard Amber Carter was tremendous in the win, finishing with 22 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals. Chelsea Cluesman added a double-double, scoring 18 and pulling down 10 rebounds.

Behind Cluesman, the Cavs controlled the glass, 51-37.

The teams will be home on Thursday night when they remain in league play. Wise will play host to Lindsey Wilson, while the Bears entertain Cumberlands.

The Pikeville/Cumberlands game will begin at 5:45 p.m.

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