BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union
sank 18 long-range bombs Friday night in propelling itself to an 107-51
victory over visiting Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) University in the Lady
Bulldog-Baymont Inn Classic.
Union went 18-of-40 from behind the arc and hit 51.3 percent (39-of-76 shots) from the floor to improve its record to 8-3 on the season.
The loss drops the Hornets to 2-8 overall.
The 56-point margin of victory matches the program record. Union posted a 110-54 win over Ohio State-Marion back on Nov. 4, 2006. The 18 treys are the second most Union's made in a contest, just behind the 21 the Lady Bulldogs hit in the win over Ohio State-Marion.
In the other game of the Classic, Milligan (Tenn.) posted an 86-77 win over Tennessee Temple.
The Classic concludes Saturday with Milligan taking on Harris-Stowe at 2 p.m. and Union facing Tennessee Temple at 4 p.m.
Freshman Nikki Bustle (Waynesburg, Ky.) went 6-for-8 behind the arc to score 18 points, equaling Cassandra Lawson (Lexington, Ky.) for the team lead. Lawson went 7-of-8 from the floor and 2-for-3 from long range in scoring her 18 points.
Up 11-8 early in the first half, Union reeled off 22 points in a row to open up a 33-8 lead with 11:32 remaining in the half. The Lady Bulldogs led by as much as 41 in the opening period en route to a 63-25 halftime cushion. Union hit 14 3-pointers in the first half alone, while Harris-Stowe made just 10 total field goals.
Union steadily added to its lead in the second half, outscoring the Hornets 44-26 during the final 20 minutes as the Lady Bulldogs claimed the 107-51 victory.
After Bustle and Lawson, three Lady Bulldogs scored in double figures. Capri Savage (Orofino, Idaho) posted 13 points with Wendi Messer (Barbourville, Ky.) and Amber Taylor (Clinton, Tenn.) each netting 10.
Union won the battle on the boards, outrebounding Harris-Stowe 44-35. Savage led the team with six rebounds, while Courtney Thomas (Glasgow, Ky.) grabbed five.
For Harris-Stowe, Denisha Mitchell led the way with 18 points with Lanikia Lawrence chipping in 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds.
Turnovers proved to be a problem for Harris-Stowe as it coughed up 34 times, resulting in 54 points for Union. In addition, the Lady Bulldog bench outscore the Hornets' 55-10.