Lady Knights & Winter Homecoming
The Lady Knights’ game Friday evening was the culmination of an exciting Winter Homecoming, one in which the large crowd got to see two great ball games, the Homecoming Queen and King were crowned, a National Champion team was recognized on the 25th anniversary of their triumph, and one of KCU’s legendary coaches was honored. Prior to the Women’s game, the second of the double-header, Senior Rachel Chester’s KCU career was celebrated, and then Head Coach Ron Arnett was recognized for his exemplary career, which includes 16 National Championships and 7 National Coach of the Year trophies.
The University of Pikeville controlled the tip, and scored a three and a two to start the game. Sharonda Jones hit two free throws to put the Lady Knights on the board then Rachel Chester dropped back to back buckets to put KCU up 7-5. Over the next few minutes, Tanya Bowens hit two 3-pointers, made a steal and lay-in which resulted in a timeout called by the U Pike coach, with KCU up 16-7 at just under 7 minutes into the game. Bowens scored again out of the time-out, and then Jones put in another on a great assist from Kelsie Pugh. The first half continued with KCU building slowly on their lead, which was 42-29 by the break.
The second half saw the Bears pull to within 7 on a couple of occasions before KCU began to pull away again. KCU ended the game with a strong run during the final three minutes to stretch the lead to 23 points, where it ended at 84-61. Tanya Bowens had 36 points on 14 of 26 shooting and 5 of 9 from behind the line. Sharonda Jones finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds, 5 of which came on the offensive end. She also hit 5 of 5 from the charity stripe. Monica Stevens controlled the boards with 11, and threw in 6 points, and was perfect from the line as well. Jana Glick was equally strong inside with 10 rebounds and 5 points. Katelyn Meyer was 2 of 4 from three point range and 2 assists. KCU was 14-17 from the foul line with 19 assists as a team.
The Lady Knights are now 15-14 on the year and travel to University of Cincinnati-Clermont on Tuesday.