BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville fell behind by nine points in the first half and could do no better than play even afterwards in a 67-58 loss to Tennessee Wesleyan College Thursday night.
Pikeville (4-10) shot only 32.2 percent for the game in a contest that saw some fairly even team stats posted. The Lady Bulldogs made only 34.9 percent from the floor. While the Bears sank only 31.3 percent from the arc, TWC was 36.4 percent.
Tennessee Wesleyan (7-4) edged the Bears on the glass 46-43, with both teams turning it over 20 times. Pikeville was 15-of-22 from the line; the Lady Bulldogs 15-of-23.
Senior Jennifer Grant came off the bench to hit 4-of-7 from the arc and lead the Bears with 12 points. Freshman Whitney Belle Jackson tossed in 10 for the Bears, who had six players score at least six points. One of them was freshman guard Kayla Smith, who pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Junior Heather Gibson led the balanced Lady Bulldog attack with 13 points. Senior guard Leah Frazier followed with 12 while junior Lauren Murr came off the bench for 10. Sophomore Cody Hauck added seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Pikeville will close out the Union Holiday Classic on Friday when it plays the host at 4 p.m.