Basketball (W)

Patriots unable to hang on in recent defeats

     After getting off to a 2-1 start, the Patriot women’s basketball team has dropped five straight. The team has played against formidable competition with two out of their last four games against teams that are receiving votes. They sit at 2-6 overall and 0-3 in the Mid-South Conference.

University of Pikeville

     The Patriots struggled in their second conference game against the Pikeville Bear (5-2, 2-2 MSC). The Patriots shot 34% (26-76) from the field including 10% (2-19) from long range. The Bears converted on 33 of their 68 shot attempts, good enough for 48%. Sasha Ruiz-Lopez (Ft. Myers, Fla.) led the way with 19 points.

     The Patriots held their only lead at 2-0 to start the game. The opening minutes featured three ties, after the third tie at 6-6, the Bears went on a 19-2 run to build a 17 point advantage with 11 minutes left in the opening frame. The Patriots cut the lead to 11 at 32-21, but the Bears embarked on a 20-7 run that would give them a 24 point halftime lead.

     The Bears continued to push the tempo in the second half leading by as many as 28 in the final frame. The Patriots put up a fight in the second half, but it was the first half that did the Patriots in as they were outscored 52-28. The Bears won the game 85-60.

University of the Cumberlands

     In their second conference game in three days the Patriots took on the other Patriots in the Mid-South, University of the Cumberlands (4-2, 2-2 MSC). Cora Moore (Louisville, Ky.) led the Patriots with 17 points, including 5-9 from behind the arc. Miranda Wilson (Corbin, Ky.) pitched in with 15 points and seven assists.

     The game got off to a slow start as UC took a 13-9 lead into the under 12 media timeout. After the media timeout the Patriots went on a 7-0 run to take a three point lead. The lead, however, was short lived. UC ended the half on a 21-7 run to take a 39-25 lead into halftime after the game was tied at 18 apiece.

     The UC run continued into the second half. The Patriots (UC) quickly built their lead to 28 after they opened the half on an 11-0 run. The Patriots (SCC) would cut the lead to 14 with 7:31 remaining after they went on a 12-0 tear. The Patriots (SCC) cut the lead to single digits after a trey by Moore with 1:06 left. The Patriots couldn’t get the lead lower than nine as they fell 76-63.

Asbury University

     The Patriots would take a break from the Mid-South when they hosted Asbury University (6-1) last night. Kayla Wilson (Corbin, Ky.) finished with a game-high 20 points. Wilson converted on four out of five three-pointers for the game. Sasha Ruiz-Lopez finished a rebound short of a double-double with 15 points and nine boards. Brooke Gee (Ashland, Ky.) turned in a solid performance with 14 points and eight rebounds.

     The Eagles got off to a hot start, opening the game on a 13-2 spurt. The Patriots fought back with an 11-0 run of their own to tie the game at 13-13. The Patriots took their largest lead of the game at 32-26 after Gee got an offensive board and a lay-up with 6:54 left in the half. The Eagles answered with a 16-4 run to retake the lead by six. The two went to halftime in the same way they started the game, tied at 42 apiece.

     The Patriots took their only lead of the second half at 51-50 after an old-fashioned three-point play by Kayla Wilson. The Eagles took the lead for good with 13:42 remaining after they went on an 8-0 run. The Patriots got the lead down to four with two minutes left, but couldn’t recover as the Eagles defeated the Patriots 95-85.

     The Patriots will have time to regroup as they don’t play again until Monday, December 1st when they host Milligan College at 6 p.m. In their earlier meeting this year, the Patriots got the best of the Buffaloes winning 59-54 at Milligan.
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