BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - A
poor-shooting night along with being dominated spelled doom for Union as
visiting Milligan (Tenn.) posted a 100-83 Appalachian Athletic
Conference victory on Wednesday.
Milligan cleaned the glass, grabbing 63 rebounds to Union's 39. Meanwhile, Union struggled to find any consistency on offense, hitting only 35.7 percent (30-of-84 shots) from the field. The Lady Bulldogs did hit 13 3-pointers but was 37.1 percent from long range.
The Lady Buffaloes connected on 38-of-77 shots (49.4 percent) from the floor, scoring 52 points in the paint. Heather Mandela and Alisha Mainer both recorded double-doubles with Mandela registering 30 points and 19 rebounds and Mainer netting 13 points and 15 boards.
Senior Wendi Messer (Barbourville, Ky.) notched her first double-double of the season in scoring 32 points and pulling down a season-high 11 rebounds. This marked the second time this year she scored over 30, having hit 33 points against Mid-Continent (Ky.) on Nov. 9.
The loss drops Union to 13-7 overall and 3-2 in the AAC, while Milligan improves to 15-6 overall and 3-2 in league play.
Union never had the lead throughout the contest. Milligan seized a quick 6-0 lead on a pair of Johneshia Good 3-pointers. The Lady Bulldogs kept the game close during the first half, never trailing by more than 10 points; however, Union could never pull any closer than two points as Milligan took a 49-45 lead into the half.
The Lady Buffaloes came out of the break rolling, using a 22-9 surge to build a 71-54 margin by the 14:13 mark. Milligan eventually led by as much as 20 as Union could not get the deficit under 11 the rest of the way as the visitors left with the 100-83 decision.
After Messer, Rebecca Gray (Georgetown, Ky.) led Union with 15 points to go along with five rebounds, while Amber Taylor (Clinton, Tenn.) chipped in 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Five Lady Buffaloes hit double figures. In addition to Mandela and Mainer, Dorian Freeman knocked in 13, Good had 12 points and six assists, and Kayla Kelly scored 11.
Union travels to Tennessee Wesleyan Saturday for another AAC battle. Game time is set for 2 p.m.