By Sydney Gilbert
The Cavs defeated Kentucky Christian University 83-63 on Feb. 16, finished the week 2-1.
The win protected the Cavs’ legacy, as it was in the last game to ever be played in Greear Gymnasium.
The team shot 80 percent from the free throw line, going 16-of-20.
Head coach Doug Carter said the free throws had a big impact to the outcome of the game.
Carter said the “aggressiveness to get the basket” got the team free, uncontested points.
Leaving Greear with a win in the record books was a great feeling, he said.
“It was the last competitive game to be played here, so it was great to go out on a win,” Carter said. “And, it was good to beat a team that has a very good program.”
Junior guard Kristen Mullins saved her best for last, posting 29 points and nine rebounds.
So did junior point guard Amber Carter, who added 16 points and nine assists.
The Cavs then traveled to West Virginia Tech Feb. 17, where they fell short 75-72.
The game was close throughout, and the Cavs had a chance to win the game.
The team missed 12 layups in the second half, six coming at a point that would have tied the game late.
With only four seconds left on the clock, the Cavs were down by three points.
Junior guard Hannah Powers took the final shot from half court, only missing by a few inches to the left.
“I shot it with my left hand because I had defense on my right side,” Powers said. “For a minute I thought it was going to bank it in, but it was a little right.”
Though the team lost the game, Carter blames it on the rebounding.
The Cavs were out-rebounded 61-34, with 26 of the Bears rebounds coming on offense.
“The rebounding is an ongoing problem,” Carter said. “And they wanted it more than we did; they wanted the ball more.
Two days later, the Cavs lost to the University of Rio Grande 62-76 on the road Feb. 19.
The team settled for too many outside shots in the game, connecting on just 2-of-22 from the three point line, a lowly 9.1 percent for the game.
Carter said the team did a good job defensively, but they settled for some tough jump shots late in the game.
“We just sat back and settled for jump shots,” Carter said. “We just did not attack or get to the free-throw line.”
In the game, Amber Carter posted 13 points and five assists for the Cavs.
Powers also played an all-around game, scoring 10 points, and recording seven steals, five rebounds and three assists.
On the season, the Cavs have fallen to 10-16 overall, and 3-14 in the conference.
The Cavs will travel to Pikeville College tomorrow for the final game of the season.
The game is set to tip off at 5:45 p.m.