BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Brooke Smith registered yet another double-double and Carley Blankenship netted a season-high 21 points in guiding Union College to a 102-85 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory over visiting UVa-Wise Wednesday.
Smith (Pineville, Ky.) poured in 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Meanwhile, Blankenship (Lexington, Ky.) went 10-for-11 at the foul line in scoring 21 to go along with her six assists.
The win improved the Lady Bulldogs to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in league play, while the Lady Cavs dropped to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the AAC.
Up 48-37 at the half, Union saw its lead shrink to 48-45 after UVa-Wise opened up the period with an 8-0 run. Union rebounded and slowly opened up a 69-53 lead with 12:13 remaining.
The Lady Cavs made another run, cutting the margin to 75-68 following a Charlotte Reasor bucket at the 6:50 mark. However, Union held firm and stretched the to 18 en route to the 102-85 win.
Poor free-throw shooting hindered UVa-Wise's chances as it made 20-of-37 (54.1 percent) at the line. Meanwhile, Union hit 77.8 percent (28-of-36) of its free throws.
After Smith and Blankenship, Capri Savage (Orofino, Idaho) paced Union with 16 points, while Kara Pile (Fairdale, Ky.) chipped in 10 points.
Amber Carter led UVa-Wise with 20 points with Ayla Young following with 16. Reasor added 11 points.