|Stats at a Glance||CU||PIKE|
|FG Percentage||.500 (28-56)||.361 (22-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.313 (5-16)||.000 (0-12)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (6-9)||.844 (27-32)|
- 27||Brianna Burbridge
Katherine Griffith - 8
- 4||Elisabeth Latham
- 5||Emily Baker
Brianna Burbridge - 3
Dominique St. Louis - 1
PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville put together a 12-0 run midway through the fourth quarter, taking its first lead of the game with 3:38 remaining, and held off Cumberland, 71-67, in women’s basketball action here Thursday night at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
The Phoenix (5-11, 1-3 Mid-South) controlled the game for three quarters and were helped by 31 percent shooting from the field by the Bears, most of that against a 1-2-2 zone that Cumberland was forced into because of foul trouble to all three forwards.
Pikeville found the distance in the final quarter, though, hitting 8-of-16 shots from the field and all 14 foul shots. Mary Englert netted the first six points in the 12-0 spurt and Brianna Burbridge had back-to-back baskets before a layup from Elisabeth Latham ended the run with the Bears leading, 61-55, with 2:33 remaining.
Cumberland missed all four shots and committed two of its 20 turnovers during the four-minute drought. Two foul shots by Briana Vandlen finally got CU back on the board and a 3-pointer from Carli Codner-Pinto, who finished with a game-high 27 points, cut the deficit to three.
The Phoenix got consecutive field goals from Kerrice Watson, who posted 16 points and eight rebounds in the contest, but Pikeville kept connecting at the foul line, hitting all six attempts in the final minute to pull away at the end.
Katherine Griffith added 10 points and eight boards despite being full of cold medicine. Cumberland shot only nine free throws compared to 32 for the Bears.
Burbridge led five Pikeville players in double figures with 16 points. Emily Baker recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds, Englert scored all 14 of her points in the second half (12 in the final period) and Theodora Otia collected a dozen points. Latham netted 10 off the bench for the home team.
Codner-Pinto started the game on fire, hitting a pair of 3-pointers after baskets from Griffith and Watson to begin the contest. Cumberland scored the first seven points, but the Bears responded with six straight before five consecutive by the Phoenix, the last two on another layup from Griffith for a 12-8 CU advantage.
Pikeville could not buy a field goal in the opening period, hitting just 2-for-12, but early foul trouble for Cumberland put the Bears at the foul line where they converted their first eight attempts. Two free throws by Otia knotted the game at 12.
Codner-Pinto added another triple later in the period and Watson’s layup with 2:43 remaining in the period helped the Phoenix to an 18-12 lead after 10 minutes.
Cumberland played almost all of the second period without Britany Miller, who picked up three fouls, and Dominique St. Louis got her third foul midway through the quarter while Griffith had two fouls before the half as well.
Codner-Pinto’s layup and then a 3-pointer pushed the CU advantage to 23-14. The lead swelled to a dozen with a layup off an inbounds and 1-of-2 free throws by Codner-Pinto. Baskets by Otia and Latham pulled the Bears within 33-25 late in the quarter and 1-of-2 foul shots from Burbridge made it 33-26 CU at intermission.
Cumberland did not score over the final 3:03 of the period but the Bears continued to struggle from the field, connecting on just 7-for-30 overall. Codner-Pinto netted 19 points in the half, hitting 6-of-10 field goals and 4-for-6 from behind the arc.
The Phoenix return home next Thursday for the first time since January 5, taking on Life University at 6 p.m. at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.