BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union
used a solid second half to turn a three-point halftime advantage into
an 83-70 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory over visiting Bryan
(Tenn.) on Wednesday.
The Lady Bulldogs (14-8 overall, 4-3 AAC) hit 16-of-30 shots (53.3 percent) from the floor during the final 20 minutes to net 45 points in snapping their three-game winless streak. Union finished the game shooting 36.8 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from 3-point range.
Junior Kara Pile (Fairdale, Ky.) posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Cassandra Lawson (Lexington, Ky.) and Alyson Roberts (Baxter, Ky.) each chipped in 15 points. Roberts scored all of her points by draining five 3-pointers. Wendi Messer (Barbourville, Ky.) also hit double figures, knocking in 13 points.
Both teams struggled in the first half with Union making only 23.7 percent (9-of-38) of its shots and Bryan hitting just 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from the field. Still, the Lady Bulldogs managed to take a 38-35 lead into the half thanks to going 15-for-22 from the free-throw line.
The Lady Bulldogs began to take over in the second half, seizing a 57-38 advantage following a Roberts 3-pointer with 11:42 to play. However, the Lady Lions roared back. Using a 17-4 run, Bryan cut the deficit to 61-55 when Morgan Burnett hit a layup off a Sara Barnett assist with 6:52 to go.
Union quickly built the margin back to 72-59 when Messer buried a trey. Bryan tried to rally again but could only pull within 77-69 before Union closed the game on a 6-1 run for the 13-point win.
Bethany McArthur led Bryan (9-13 overall, 1-6 AAC) with 21 points, while Jessica Southern recorded a double-double in posting 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Lions shot 36.7 percent from the floor and 28.6 from behind the arc.
The Lady Bulldogs dominated the boards, outrebounding the Lady Lions 52-37.
Union returns to action Saturday when it host Virginia Intermont in another AAC conference. Game time is set for 4 p.m.