BLUEFIELD, Va. - Union College once again struggled offensively and came up on the short end of the ledger as host Bluefield (Va.) College collected the 61-52 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory.
Union shot a dismal 29.6 percent in the first half, connecting on 8-of-27 shots. The Lady Bulldogs did hit 10-of-12 free throws during the opening period, but they still trailed 36-28 at the half.
In the second half, neither team shot the ball well. Union hit 30.8 percent (8-of-26 shots) from the floor while Bluefield did slightly better in making 31.8 percent (7-of-22 shots). The Lady Rams scored 10 of their 25 second-half points from the foul line as they held on for the 61-52 decision.
Union finished the game shooting 30.2 percent of its shots with Bluefield connecting on 39.6 percent. The Lady Bulldogs continue to struggle from long range, hitting only 4-of-22 (18.2 percent) from long range.
Bluefield was able to get the win with only one player scoring in double figures. Heather Ferrell netted 13 points, but no other Lady Ram scored more than nine points. Bluefield benefited from 34 points from its bench.
Brooke Smith (Pineville, Ky.) paced Union with 21 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Kara Pile (Fairdale, Ky.) followed with 16 points. The Lady Bulldogs received only three points from their bench.
The loss dropped the Lady Bulldogs to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in league play, while the Lady Rams improved to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the AAC.
Union returns to action Saturday when it pays Tennessee Wesleyan College. The conference showdown is set to tip off at 2 p.m.