BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior Carley Blankenship had her best shooting night of the season in netting a game-high 18 points, helping Union College to an 83-53 win over visiting Southern Virginia University Friday in the Lady Bulldog Baymont Inn Classic.
Blankenship (Lexington, Ky.) hit 7-of-10 shots in pacing the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points, moving her within 21 of reaching 1,000-point mark for her career.
The win improved Union to 8-3 overall, while Southern Virginia dropped to 4-6 on the season.
In the opening game of the Classic, fifth-ranked Shawnee State (Ohio) University posted a 66-40 win over Berea (Ky.) College.
The Classic will conclude Saturday with Shawnee State facing Southern Virginia at 2 p.m. and Union taking on Berea at 4 p.m.
Early on, the Lady Bulldogs used a 17-0 run to open up a 17-2 lead at the 11:49 mark. Four of the first five shots Union made were 3-pointers with Blankenship connecting on two. Union led by 20-plus points for much of the first half en route to the 46-20 halftime cushion.
It was much of the same in the second half as the Lady Bulldogs led by as much as 34 on their way to the 83-53 victory.
After Blankenship, Kathryn Clark (Frankfort, Ky.) came off the bench to provide a season-high 14 points, while Ashley Lunsford (Orlando, Ky.) knocked in 12 points. Brooke Smith (Pineville, Ky.) chipped in 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Amanda Prestwich paced Southern Virginia with 13 points, and Kara Hiatt helped out with 10.
Turnovers hampered Southern Virginia from trying to make a comeback as Union scored 46 points off of the Lady Knights' 41 miscues.
Shawnee State 66, Berea 40
No. 5 Shawnee State used a strong second half in rolling to the 66-40 win over Berea in the opening game of the Union College Lady Bulldog Baymont Inn Classic Friday.
Abby Ballman paced Shawnee State (7-1 overall) with 14 points, while Whitney Williams and Alison Meyer each knocked in 13 points. Jill Cooper hauled in 12 rebounds with Mallory Albers pulling down 10.
Berea gave Shawnee State a scare early on as it built an 18-8 lead at the 12:03 mark in the first half. However, Shawnee State fought back to take a 28-27 advantage into the break.
Shawnee State came out in the second half and steadily added to its lead. Following a pair of Ballman free throws, Shawnee State owned a 47-34 lead with 10:37 to play. Berea never threatened again as Shawnee State cruised to the 66-40 decision.
Poor shooting doomed Berea as it made only 25 percent (5-of-20 shots) from the field in the second half and finished making only 30.8 percent (16-of-52 shots). Berea didn't help itself at the foul line either, hitting only 3-of-12 free throws.
Annbruce Madden led Berea in scoring with nine points.