BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior guard Kara Pilehad the game of her life Saturday as she poured in a career-high 38 points, guiding Union to an 83-70 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory over visiting Bryan (Tenn.).
The Fairdale, Ky., native hit 8-of-16 shots from the floor, including a career-high six 3-pointers. Pile went 16-for-17 at the foul line to complete the 38-point performance. Her previous career best was 23 points, which she accomplished three times with the most recent coming against Alice Lloyd (Ky.) earlier in the season on Nov. 12, 2011.
No other Lady Bulldog has scored more than 28 points this season.
Helping Pile offensively was junior Lindsey Waters (Stearns, Ky.), who recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Waters also registered three blocks and three steals.
The win is Union's third in a row as it improves to 15-5 overall and 6-3 in the AAC. Bryan falls to 12-8 overall and 3-6 in conference play.
There was a little of back-and-forth play for the first 26 minutes of the game. The score was tied five time and the lead changed hands 16 times during the first half as Union took a 44-42 lead into the break. Union built a seven-point lead, but a Sarah Newton layup pulled Bryan within 51-50 at the 13:47 mark.
Then, the Lady Bulldogs turned it on.
Union went on a 15-0 run to open up a 66-50 cushion with 7:50 to play. Pile netted five points during the rally with Kathryn Clark (Frankfort, Ky.) and Laura Perkins (Myra, Ky.) each hitting a 3-pointer.
Bryan never rebounded. The Lady Lions cut the margin to 71-62, but that was the last time the deficit was under 10 as the Lady Bulldogs recorded the 83-70 victory.
After Pile and Waters, Perkins was the only other Lady Bulldog to score in double figures, knocking in 11 to go with her four assists. Union hit 38.3 percent (23-of-60 shots) from the field and connected on 12-of-34 (35.3 percent) from 3-point range. The Lady Bulldogs made 75.3 percent (25-of-33) of their free throws.
Anna Thomas paced Bryan with 18 points and eight rebounds with Bethany McArthur following with 15 points. Morgan Burnette helped out with 13 points and nine rebounds. The Lady Lions hit 29-of-52 shots (55.8 percent) and made 50 percent (7-of-14) off their 3-point attempts. Bryan was 5-for-8 at the foul line.
Turnovers did Bryan in as it coughed it up 21 times, resulting in 22 points for Union. The Lady Lions on picked up four points off of the Lady Bulldogs' 13 turnovers.
Union returns to action Wednesday when it plays host to Bluefield (Va.) at 5:30 p.m.