BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union had only four players to crack the scoring column, but it led from wire-to-wire in upsetting visiting No. 8 Tennessee Wesleyan 63-55 Saturday in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.
Junior Lindsey Waters (Stearns, Ky.) posted her fifth double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Amber Taylor (Clinton, Tenn.) followed with 20 points and seven rebounds. Kara Pile (Fairdale, Ky.) knocked in 15 points.
Courtney Thomas (Glasgow, Ky.) accounted for Union's remaining three points as she grabbed eight rebounds. She now has 458 career rebounds, moving her into eighth place on the Lady Bulldog all-time rebounding list.
With the win, Union improves to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the AAC. Tennessee Wesleyan is now 5-4 overall and 1-1 in league play.
The loss snapped Tennessee Wesleyan's 23-game win streak within the conference. Six of the victories came during the last two conference tournaments as Tennessee Wesleyan won both. Tennessee Wesleyan had not lost to an AAC opponent since dropping a 51-48 decision at Bluefield (Va.) on Feb. 13, 2010.
Union opened the game by scoring the game's first 11 points. Tennessee Wesleyan struggled to get its offense going as Union's lead grew to 22-7 after a Taylor layup with 6:39 left in the period. The visitors got the margin to eight, but Union took a 32-20 lead into the half.
In the second half, Union's lead hovered around 10 points for much of the period. But a 5-0 run pulled Tennessee Wesleyan within 47-41 with 6:10 to play. Cody Houck scored all five points of the rally.
A Pile 3-points capped a 7-0 Union surge to make it 54-41 at the 4:29 mark. Still, Tennessee Wesleyan would not go away. A Heather Gibson jumper with 1:28 remaining sliced the margin down to 57-53.
Union then proceeded to score the next six points, all at the foul line, to give it a 63-53 cushion with 15 seconds to play. Houck scored at the buzzer for Tennessee Wesleyan to make the final 63-55 in Union's favor.
Houck paced Tennessee Wesleyan with 19 points. Leah Frazier was next in line with nine points.
Union outrebounded Tennessee Wesleyan 37-34 and hit 44.7 percent (21 of 47 shots) from the floor and 86.4 percent (19 of 22) from the foul line. Tennessee Wesleyan connected on 37.1 percent (23 of 62) from the field and was 7-for-15 (46.7 percent) from the free-throw line.
Up next for Union is the Lady Bulldog Classic next Friday and Saturday. Union will play host to Tennessee Temple at 8 p.m. Friday before taking on Emmanuel (Ga.) at 4 p.m. on Saturday.