BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union women's basketball made it harder than it needed to be, but the Bulldogs picked up the win nonetheless as they defeated visiting Montreat (N.C.) 77-70 in Appalachian Athletic Conference on Wednesday.
With the win, Union improves to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the AAC. Montreat falls to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in league play.
The Bulldogs led by as much as 22 points in the second half and owned a 73-53 advantage with 6:55 remaining. However, Montreatl went on a 17-3 run to slice the margin to 76-70 with 1:12 left. During the run, the Lady Cavaliers scored eight points off of Union turnovers, and Kim Henderson accounted for seven of Montreat's points.
Union, though, played keep away during the final minute, and Montreat committed two fouls. Yet, the Lady Cavs could not score as the Bulldogs registered the 77-70 decision.
Amber Taylor paced the Union offense with a double-double, scoring 15 points and dishing out 10 assists. She also had six rebounds and five steals. Alyson Roberts led the Bulldogs with 17 points, going 5-for-8 from 3-point range, and Haley Perkins followed with 16 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Perkins recorded five assists as well.
Union shot better from 3-point range than on the floor. The Bulldogs hit 54.5 percent (12-of-22 shots) from behind the arc, while connecting on 25-of-66 shots (37.9 percent) overall.
Four Lady Cavs hit double figures with Alesandria Gellman leading the way with 16 points. Shannon Jackson was next in line with 12, and Henderson and Hannan Kolbeck each had 11.
Montreat hit 53.3 percent from the field (32-of-60 shots) and was 3-for-5 (60 percent) on its 3-point shots.
By the Numbers
- Union outrebounded Montreat 38-36 and scored nine second-chance points to Montreat's seven.
- Montreat committed 22 turnovers to Union's 17, but the Bulldogs scored only 17 points off of the Lady Cavs' miscues with Montreat cashing in for 19.
- Montreat dominated the paint, scoring 51 points in the lane. The Lady Cavs also racked up 25 assists off of their 32 made shots.
- Taylor's double-double is her first of the season. She had two last season.
- The Lady Cavs shot better from the 3-point line (3-of-5 for 60 percent) than at the foul line (3-of-8 for 37.5 percent).
- Union hit 15-of-18 free throws (83.3 percent).
Union welcomes AAC newcomer Truett-McConnel (Ga.) on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip.