PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Casie Cowan scored 19 points and TaCouya Allen added 16 points, but 20th-ranked Cumberland committed 20 turnovers and Pikeville turned those into 18 points en route to a 79-67 victory here Saturday in women’s basketball action at the East Kentucky Exposition Center.
The Bulldogs (7-7, 3-3 Mid-South) dropped their second straight game, mostly because they were unable to get enough defensive stops in the second half. Allen netted nine points in the first five minutes after the break, helping CU erase a nine-point halftime deficit and tying the contest at 45.
The teams battled back-and-forth for the next 10 minutes, with Cowan, Allen and Layce Colter each knocking down 3-pointers. Calamity Jane Coley posted five straight points over a two-plus minute stretch, the final bucket with 3:44 remaining, but Pikeville ended the game on a 14-5 run, hitting all 10 free throws in the final two minutes of the game, including all eight attempts in the last 51.1 seconds.
Allen’s only 3-pointer of the game knotted the contest at 53 with 10:13 remaining, but Kandice Porter answered with a field goal and then made 1-of-2 foul shots for the Bears, UPike’s only miss (18-for-19) at the charity stripe the entire game. Cheyenne Madden added a basket with 8:10 to play, pushing the home team’s lead to five, but Colter’s trifecta cut the deficit back to two.
The teams traded points for the next four minutes until the final spurt for Pikeville (7-9, 2-3) put the game away.
Callisha Johnson led three players in double figures for the Bears, netting 18 points, including 8-for-8 at the foul line. Porter finished with 16 points and Brogan Conley added 13, including three 3-pointers.Allen grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, her fourth double-figure rebounding effort in the last five outings and second double-double in the last three games. Katie Smith added 12 points, five boards and three blocks for CU.
The Bulldogs hung tough in the early going, with Tasia Blue picking up where she left off Thursday, knocking down a 3-pointer for the club’s first points. Cowan’s trifecta and a nice driving layup from Smith made it 10-7 CU four minutes into the game. Colter’s triple from the wing tied the game at 13 as well, but the Bears put together a 10-1 spurt, the final two buckets by Porter, taking a 23-14 advantage with 9:08 left in the period.
Two free throws and another bucket from Smith pulled the Bulldogs within seven, but field goals by Courtney Haney and Johnson pushed UPike’s lead back to 11. Conley’s 3-pointer from the wing gave Pikeville its biggest lead of the half at 38-26, but Cowan answered with a trifecta and Allen had two chances to cut into the deficit before the break, missing a 3-pointer and then a layup while being mugged just before the horn. Cumberland trailed 38-29 at the break despite committing 13 turnovers and shooting just 37 percent.
Cowan netted 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Pikeville shot 43 percent from the field and turned CU’s miscues into nine points.
Cumberland will return home Thursday, taking on Lindsey Wilson at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center in the club’s only game of the week.
Tough first half tames Bulldogs vs. No. 1 Pikeville
PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Junior Josh Wilkerson scored a team-high 14 points, but the No. 1-ranked Pikeville was too much for Cumberland in the first en route to an 82-68 victory Saturday at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center.
Wilkerson was one of four Bulldogs in double figures in the contest. Moritz Dern, Lester Gude and Lamar Brinkley each recorded 10-plus points while Brinkley added a team-high nine rebounds.
The Bulldogs cut a lead which was as much as 20 points in the second half down to eight with 5:10 on the clock. CU was able to shrink the deficit by improving in a facet of the game which has plagued the squad all year. Cumberland outmanned one of the top rebounding teams in the Mid-South during the second half.
But it would be foul trouble late in the contest that allowed Pikeville to get to the charity stripe and close out the game. The Bears hit 9-of-12 free throws in the second half to ice the game.
Wilkerson did much of his damage early in the opening half, keeping the Bulldogs in the contest. The junior slashed to the bucked on four separate occasions beating his defender for eight points in the opening five and a half minutes. With 14:39 on the clock, CU and Pikeville were even at 10.
Over the next six minutes, the Bears would use a 20-3 run to take a commanding lead in the contest. A Colt Chapman three-pointer with 8:57 on the clock gave Pikeville a 30-13 advantage and capped off the run.
The Bulldogs fought back for the rest of the frame, outscoring the Bears by two points in the remaining minutes however, were unable to make any significant headway. At the break, CU trailed 45-30.
Despite being greatly undersized, the Bulldogs held their own on the glass in the first period. Pikeville pulled down 20 caroms in the first compared to 18 for CU. The difference however proved to be the Bears’ sharpshooting from the outside. Pikeville hit 5-of-9 triples in the first half while Cumberland went just 1-for-6.
Cumberland will return to action just one time over the next week, a home contest against Lindsey Wilson on Thursday. Tip-off for the Mid-South battle at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center is set for 8 p.m.