BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Four Lady
Bulldogs scored in double figures as Union posted its second win in a
row with a 91-77 decision over visiting Tennessee Temple on Saturday in
the Lady Bulldog-Baymont Inn Classic.
Senior Wendi Messer (Barbourville, Ky.) led the way with 23 points, while junior Courtney Thomas (Glasgow, Ky.) just missed posting a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds. Thomas was near perfect at the foul line as she made 11-of-12 free throws.
With the win, Union improves to 9-3 overall with Tennessee Temple falling to 1-9 on the year.
In the other game of the Classic, Milligan (Tenn.) defeated Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 114-68.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, Dec. 11, at Indiana Southeast. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
Turnovers plagued the Lady Crusaders as they coughed it up 31 times, resulting in 46 Lady Bulldog points. Union committed 22 miscues, but those were only converted into 13 points for Tennessee Temple.
Early on, Union struggled to get its offense going. Meanwhile, Tennessee Temple grabbed a 14-11 lead following a Alexi McGhee jumper with 16:22 to go. Union regrouped and used an 18-4 run to seize an 11-point lead. Messer capped the rally with a jumper to make it 29-18 at the 10:30 mark.
The Lady Crusaders cut the margin to seven, but a Capri Savage (Orofino, Idaho) bucket with 1:55 left gave the Lady Bulldogs a 41-28 advantage. Tennessee Temple accounted for six of the final eight points of the half to make the score 43-34 at the break.
For much of the second half, Union's lead hovered around 10 points. A Cherelle James basket pulled Tennessee Temple within 66-58 with 10:30 to go, but Union responded with 10-2 run to extend its lead to 76-60.
The Lady Bulldogs eventually led by as much as 88-67 after an Amber Taylor (Clinton, Tenn.) 3-pointer. Taylor's trey was a feat in and of itself as she had two defenders on her, and she slung the ball one-handed toward the goal as the shot clock was running out.
Tennessee Temple ended the game with a 10-3 run, but it was too little, too late as Union held on the for 91-77 victory.
Union hit 49.1 percent (27-of-55 shots) from the field and was 14-of-32 (43.8 percent) from behind the arc. The Lady Bulldogs connected on 23-of-28 free throw for an 82.1 shooting percentage. Tennessee Temple shot the ball well, making 56.4 percent (31-of-55 shots). The Lady Crusaders held the edge on the glass, outrebounding Union 33-27.
In addition to Messer and Thomas, Savage and Taylor also scored in double figures. Savage went 7-for-9 from the field and 5-of-7 on 3-pointers in netting 19 points. Taylor posted 13 points.
For Tennessee Temple, James led the way with 20 points, while Kanetra Gonzalez added 17 points. Anshel Cooper helped out with 11 points.