BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior Ashley Lunsford had a near perfect night as she poured in a season-high 26 points in leading Union College to an 84-70 victory over visiting Berea (Ky.) College Saturday in the Union College Lady Bulldog Baymont Inn Classic.
Lunsford (Orlando, Ky.) went 9-for-10 from the field and was a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-piont range in recording her game-high 26 points. She also had six rebounds.
The win improved Union to 9-3 overall, while Berea dropped to 2-11 on the year.
In the early game of the Classic, fifth-ranked Shawnee State (Ohio) University defeated Southern Virginia University 67-32.
Union struggled out of the gate and found itself down 22-13 after a Heather Hutchins 3-pointer with 10:50 left in the first half. The Lady Bulldogs rallied, capping a 16-5 run with an old-fashioned, three-point play by Brooke Smith (Pineville, Ky.) to give Union a 29-27 edge with 4:49 remaining.
The lead swapped hands five times in the closing minutes, but a pair of Kathryn Clark (Frankfort, Ky.) free throws and 3-pointer by Kara Pile (Fairdale, Ky.) gave Union a 39-35 halftime edge.
In second half, Union opened up a 55-44 lead by the 13:47 mark, but Berea used an 8-1 run with Tiffany Yates scoring six points to make it 56-52 with 11:39 on the clock.
The Lady Bulldogs regrouped and made it a 67-53 game following a Cassandra Lawson (Lexington, Ky.) bucket with 8:24 left.
Yet, Berea countered with back-to-back 3-pointers by Kayla McFarland to make it an eight-point game.
Despite the Lady Mountaineers repeated comeback attempts, the Lady Bulldogs never allowed to slip any closer than eight points en route to the 84-70 win.
Lunsford scored 18 of her points in the second half, while Smith added 14 points and six rebounds. Pile chipped in 10 points. Lawson only played 13 minutes, but had eight points and a game-high four steals.
MacFarland paced Berea with 20 points with Yates knocking in 14.
Union returns to action Tuesday when it plays host to Pikeville (Ky.) College at 7 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Bears 78-76 on Nov. 28.
Shawnee State 67, Southern Virginia 32
Shawnee State dominated the glass and took advantage of 37 Southern Virginia turnovers as the fifth-ranked Lady Bears posted the 67-32 outcome.
Southern Virginia (4-8 overall) committed 37 turnovers, resulting 36 Shawnee State points. The Lady Bears also owned a 50-36 rebounding edge. Catrice Mitchell came off the bench to haul in a game-high 15 boards.
For the game, Shawnee State only made 31.3 percent (21-of-67 shots) from the field, but Southern Virginia connected on just 10-of-40 shots (25 percent). The Lady Knights also missed all six of their 3-point attempts.
Shawnee State led 35-14 at the half before outscoring Southern Virginia 32-18 in the second half.
Alison Meyer paced the Lady Bears (8-1 overall) with 14 points with Jill Cropper knocking in 11.
Amanda Prestwich led Southern Virginia with nine points, going 7-for-8 at the foul line.