BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - No. 19 Union overcame a sluggish first half to rally for a 73-63 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory over visiting Virginia Intermont on Saturday.
The will ends Union's two-game slide as it improves to 11-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Virginia Intermont is now 10-7 overall and 3-2 in the AAC.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed by as much as 13 in the first half but rallied to pull within 34-27 at the half. Coming out of the break, Union used a 14-2 run to seize a 41-36 advantage with 13:59 to play. Lindsey Waters (Stearns, Ky.) accounted for seven points during the rally.
Union never trailed again, but Virginia Intermont would not go away quietly. Teonika Webb drained a 3-pointer with 10:07 remaining to pull the Lady Cobras within 46-44.
From that point on, Union began to slowly pull away. After Ashley Grimm hit two free throws to keep Virginia Intermont within seven, Union went on an 11-2 surge to seize a 72-56 cushion at the 1:55 mark. Kara Pile (Fairdale, Ky.) led the charge with six points during the run.
Virginia Intermont recorded seven of the final eight points of the game, but it was too little, too late as Union recorded the 73-63 decision.
Four Lady Bulldogs scored in double figures with Waters leading the way with her 11th double-double of the season, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Pile followed with 14 points, while Kathryn Clark (Frankfort, Ky.) and Laura Perkins (Myra, Ky.) each added 10 points.
Webb paced Virginia Intermont with 29 points with Ashley Bryant following with 15.
Union outrebounded Virginia Intermont 44-37. At half, the Lady Cobras owned a 23-17 advantage on the glass.
The Lady Bulldogs shot only 27.6 percent (8 of 29 shots) in the first half but hit nearly 60 percent from the floor in the second half to finish with a 42.9 shooting percentage (24 of 56) for the game. Conversely, the Lady Cobras shot 38.5 percent (25 of 65) for the game.
Union returns to action Wednesday when it visits Milligan (Tenn.) for another conference tilt. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.