PORTSMOUTH – Despite a tight first half, some stout defense and a motivated offense allows the No. 7 Bears to regroup and go on to defeat the No. 14-ranked University of Pikeville, 93-75, on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Frank & Janis Waller Gymnasium.
Prior to the contest, seniors Ali Zieverink (SR/West Chester, Ohio) and Abby Feuchter (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) were honored for their tremendous careers donning the Shawnee State uniform.
Madison Ridout (SO/Jackson, Ohio) was dialed in early, shooting a perfect 3-for-3 and 2-for-2 from the three point range, but the highlight of the half came as time expired in the first quarter, Feuchter sank a three from just past half-court as the clock hit triple-zero to pull the Bears (22-3, 10-1 Mid-South) within three of Pikeville’s (19-4, 5-4 Mid-South) 25-22 advantage.
The second quarter featured an early 5-0 run by Pikeville, Shawnee tightened up on defense, forcing three crucial turnovers. The Bears ended the half on 8-2 run as Feuchter and Ashton Lovely (FR/Jamestown, Ohio) hit back-to-back threes, Zieverink made two foul shots to end the half cutting the deficit down to one, 47-46.
Shawnee came out of the half determined, as Lovely drove in for a lay-up and Hannah Miller (FR/Coal Grove, Ohio) sank a three. The Bears went on a 10-2 run early in the third quarter to take a 61-52 lead. Ridout contributed five points in a row to end the third quarter as Shawnee held on to a 66-60 lead.
The Bears pulled away in the final moments of the contest, as Miller opened the quarter on a tear with seven consecutive points to push SSU ahead by 11. An and-one from Zieverink and a triple from Feuchter made it a 17-point advantage with 7:09 remaining, Shawnee State’s largest lead to that point.
Multiple Bears finished the contest in double figures in points, as Zieverink tallied a game-high 22, Lovely added 21 and Miller finished with 19.
The Bears will resume play Thursday, when they travel to Lebanon, Tenn. to take on Cumberland University at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
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