PIKEVILLE – After eight lead changes, five ties and each team holding sizeable leads throughout the game, Thomas More ultimately ended up on top of the University of Pikeville women's basketball team 67-59 on Tuesday night.
Both teams hit six 3-pointers and both shot right at 42 percent from the field, but the Saints (7-1) outrebounded the Bears 41-32 and made 10 more free throws to make up the difference.
Adison Corder led UPIKE (6-5) with 12 points.
Magoffin County High School graduate Jamie Castle added 11 points and six assists for the Bears in the loss.
Accompanying Corder and Castle in double figures for the Bears, Rachel Lee added 10.
Abby Owings, who made four 3s, led all scorers with 17 points and Madison Temple finished with 13 points and six rebounds to give Thomas More the win.
A corner 3-pointer by Kayla Mullins with seven minutes left felt like the momentum boost UPIKE needed as it pushed its lead to four points. But the shot ended up having the opposite effect as the Saints scored seven straight points to take a three-point lead of their own.
UPIKE got within a single point at the five-minute mark on a layup by Aundrea Matchen, but a 10-2 Saint run followed over the next four minutes to put the game away.
Lee's 3 with 10 seconds left made it a six-point game, but Owings answered with two makes from the stripe to preserve the lead.
UPIKE had led by as many as seven points on Castle's pull-up 3 with 2:22 left in the third quarter, but Thomas More outscored it 12-5 over the next six minutes to tie things up with 6:20 to play.
Thomas More led the entire second quarter, except for one brief tie, but it's six-point lead was cut to a single points at 28-27 on a layup by Latham just before halftime.