BRISTOL, Va. – The season got off to a rough start for the University of Pikeville women’s basketball team with a 61-54 loss at Virginia Intermont College Wednesday night.
The Bears turned the ball over 26 times in the loss, a problem compounded by 38.0 percent shooting from the field.
The Lady Cobras got the got the win despite hitting only 40 percent of their shots. VI did, however, go 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) from the arc.
Junior Sally Roberts led the way for UPIKE, matching her career best with 19 points. The junior was 7-of-9 from the floor and nailed all four of her three-point shots in the loss.
Senior Jalisa Jones came off the bench for 10 markers to join Roberts in double figures.
In her first collegiate game, Whitney Belle Jackson had nine points and nine rebounds while blocking three shots. The Clay County product led the Bears to a 40-32 advantage on the glass. Senior guard Megan Mosley added seven rebounds while passing out six assists and picking up four steals.
Virginia Intermont (1-0) got 15 points from Teonika Webb en route to its first win over Pikeville in six seasons. Shelby May followed with 11.
Pikeville will return to action on Tuesday night when it visits regional rival Alice Lloyd College. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.