Quigley, UPike women hold off West Va. Tech 81-70

MONTGOMERY, W. Va. – Khalilah Quigley scored a game-high 21 points to help the University of Pikeville women’s basketball team hold off West Virginia Tech 81-70 on Saturday.

The Bears (10-12) and Golden Bears (5-11) played two close halves with UPIKE leading 46-41 at halftime, followed by outscoring West Virginia Tech 35-29 in the second half. The Bears were largely helped by a 53-40 rebounding advantage with both teams struggling from the field.

Cheyanna Lusk hit a jumper to put the Golden Bears up 6-5 with 17:36 to play in the first half, but it would end up being the last time they enjoyed a lead. Cheyenne Madden hit two free throws on UPIKE’s next possession to go up by one and pushed ahead by 10 on a Kandice Porter shot eight minutes in.

West Virginia Tech cut the deficit to one on a 3-pointer from Elizabeth Evans at 33-32, but a 5-0 UPIKE run helped it take the five-point lead into the break.

It was an even first 12 minutes in the second half up until the Golden Bears clawed within three at 62-59 on another Evans’ three. But just like before UPIKE was there with an answer, this time in the form of a 9-0 run that ended with a three from Kelah Eldridge to make it 71-59 with six minutes left.

West Virginia Tech got within seven points in the final minute but the final 30 seconds belonged to the Bears at the free-throw line, hitting 5-of-6 to pull off the 11-point win.

Callisha Johnson and Madden added 13 points each for UPIKE, while Porter and Lakeria Crowder joined them in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Brogan Conley grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds as UPIKE shot 38.1 percent from the field.

The Golden Bears were slightly lower at 36.8 percent with Evans matching Quigley with 21 points and Lusk adding 18.

Pikeville is back in action at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday at Cumberland in Lebanon, Tenn.

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