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Late lead slips away from Bears, 71-63

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – A one-point halftime lead eventually turned into an eight-point margin of defeat, and the University of Pikeville women’s basketball team fell short in its bid to record a major upset against No. 4 Shawnee State University on Monday night at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center, losing 71-63.

The Bears are now 0-2 in the Mid-South Conference and 1-4 overall, while Shawnee State moves to 2-0 in the Mid-South and 4-1 on their season.

UPIKE sophomore forward Brogan Conley led all scorers with 28 points, and recorded eight rebounds for the Bears. Freshman forward Whitney Belle Jackson contributed 12 points and eight rebounds of her own before fouling out with 7:46 remaining.

Junior center Lenae Shouse-Stacy had eight rebounds as well to go along with her four points. Senior point guard Megan Mosley tallied six points, five rebounds, and three assists, while freshman guard Christin Haney added 10 points and four rebounds.

The Bears played 12 players Monday night, but received only three points from their bench, all from freshman center Nicole Lyons.

Shawnee State’s junior center Catrice Mitchell notched a double-double, with 20 points and 10 rebounds to go with her four steals, two of which came late as UPIKE attempted a last-minute comeback. Sophomore guard Alannah Sheets scored 19 points thanks to 5-of-8 shooting in the first half from the three-point line.

Sheets did major damage as a spot-up shooter from the left corner, but adjustments by UPIKE at halftime kept her from scoring in the second half. Abby Ballman, a senior guard, added 13 points (including a half-court buzzer beater to close the first half) and a game-high eight assists.

Alex Pohl, a junior forward, added eight more points while snagging 12 rebounds. Junior guard Kayla Wiley scored seven and the scoring was rounded out by a three-point shot from freshman guard Rachel Young and a free-throw made by freshman forward Erin Dailey.

UPIKE will take to the court again on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. when they visit Indiana University-Southeast. They will have to wait until December 1st when they travel to University of the Cumberlands to have another shot at their first conference win.

Shawnee State also goes on the road Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Julio Costello Classic in Crestview Hills, where they will play Maryville College. Shawnee State’s next game in the Mid-South Conference will come on December 1st at eighth-ranked Campbellsville University.

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