BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - In her usual business-like fashion, senior Brooke Smith became the all-time leading scorer in Union College women' basketball history in an 86-64 Appalachian Athletic Conference win over visiting Virginia Intermont College Saturday.
Needing 21 points to break the mark, Smith (Pineville, Ky.) netted 32 points to match her season high to give her 2,285 career points, surpassing Amber Spencer's mark of 2,273 career points.
"It's awesome," said Smith of reaching the milestone. "I don't know if I would've done something like this anywhere else. I've had nothing but great teammates and a great coaching staff to help me out.
Union coach Tim Curry credits Smith reaching the milestone to her work ethic.
"This is a great achievement, very proud of her," said Curry. "A lot of this is due to her tremendous talent, but it's been her work ethic that has pushed her through.
Smith scored the record-setting bucket on a drive through the lane with fellow senior Jessica Baker (Canmer, Ky.) getting the assist to put Union up 48-34 with 14:38 left in the game.
"I wasn't really thinking about (the record). I just wanted to get the win after the loss we had Wednesday," said Smith. "I just want to win an get back to nationals."
Union is 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the AAC, while Virginia Intermont is 1-9 overall and 0-4 in league play.
Looking ahead, Smith has a strong shot at becoming the all-time leading scoring in Union basketball history. Paul Andrews holds the men's basketball mark at 2,552 career points, meaning Smith needs 268 to eclipse that mark. Smith has scored 260 points already this season and is averaging 26.0 points an outing.
After a sluggish start, Union struggled to get any breathing room in the first half. After Angela Brown pulled Virginia Intermont within 27-25 with 2:26 to go in the period, Union closed out the half on a 7-2 run to take a 34-27 lead into the break.
The Lady Cobras hung around for a while, trailing on 52-43 with 10:27 to play. However, the Lady Bulldogs began to slowly pad their lead and eventually opened up a 27-point cushion en route to the 86-64 victory.
After Smith, Ashley Lunsford (Orlando, Ky.) had 14 points with Cassandra Lawson (Lexington, Ky.) coming off the bench to chip in 10 points.
Ca'star Harper paced Virginia Intermont with 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Priscilla Moseh had 16 points as well. Brown helped out with 11 points.
Union returns to action Friday when it plays host to Southern Virginia University in the Lady Bulldog Classic. Game time is set for 8 p.m.