BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The 24th-ranked Union women's basketball team had little issue in disposing of visiting Pensacola Christian (Fla.) Friday as the Lady Bulldogs won their season opener 79-35 in the 2012 Union College Classic.
Senior Lindsey Waters led the way for Union with 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, while three others scored in double figures. Amber Taylor had 13 points and five steals with freshmen Haley Perkins and Lydia Nash each netting 10 points.
The Lady Bulldog defense gave the Lady Eagles fits, forcing 43 Pensacola Christian turnovers. Union recorded 24 steals, three more than it had in any game last season.
Union's offense took a little bit to get going, but it built a 16-1 lead by the 11:50 mark in the first half. Pensacola Christian used a 6-0 run to pull within 16-7; however, Union closed out the half by accounting for 26 of the final 38 points to take a 42-19 lead into the break.
It was more of the second half as Union led by as much as 48 points en route to the 79-35.
The Lady Bulldogs struggled offensively, shooting 29.6 percent (21 of 71 shots) from the field and 12.5 percent (4 of 32) from 3-point range. Union did well at the charity stripe as it hit 33-of-38 free throws.
Candance Coleman was the lone Lady Eagle to hit double figures as she ended up with 17 points. Pensacola Christian shot 25 percent (10 of 40) from the field and from 3-point range (1 of 4).
In the earlier game of the Classic, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) defeated Martin Methodist 93-83.
Union will face Alice Lloyd on Saturday at 4 p.m., while Pensacola and Martin Methodist play at 2 p.m.