MONTREAT, N.C. - Mykiea Russell hit a jumper at the buzzer to send host No. 13 Montreat (N.C.) to a 65-63 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory over No. 19 Union on Thursday.
In what was a back-and-forth affair, the game boiled down to who had the ball last. Unfortunately for Union, Montreat had that opportunity.
Down 61-58, Kathryn Clark (Frankfort, Ky.) hit a pair of free throws to pull Union within one with 52 seconds to play. Russell countered with a bucket with 26 seconds left to push the Lady Cavaliers up 63-60.
Following a timeout, the Lady Bulldogs pulled even with Kara Pile (Fairdale, Ky.) drained a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to play. But that was too much time for Montreat to win it regulation as Russell scored the game-winner as time expired, giving Montreat the 65-63 decision.
The loss is Union's second in a row as it is now 11-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Montreat improves to 11-2 overall and 4-0 in the AAC.
After being held to four points in the first half, Lindsey Waters (Stearns, Ky.) finished with a her 10th double-double of the season with a team-best 17 points and 11 rebounds. Pile posted 15 points with Clark adding 10.
Ebony Battle paced Montreat with 19 points, while Russell and Kaitlyn Clontz each chipped in 11.
Union returns home Saturday play host Virginia Intermont in conference play at 4 p.m.