BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The 18th-ranked Union women's basketball team heads to Athens, Tenn., on Saturday for tough Appalachian Athletic Conference contest against Tennessee Wesleyan. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
During the past six years, Union (6-2 overall, 1-0 AAC) and Tennessee Wesleyan have proved to be the league's top teams as they have combined to win five of the last six conference tournament titles. In addition, each team has made three trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament during that time.
The two squads enter this contest with conflicting styles of play. Tennessee Wesleyan maintains a slow, methodical, grind-it-out pace, while Union likes to run the floor and keep the tempo up. Tennessee Wesleyan (3-3 overall, 1-0 AAC) averages only 53.0 points per game, but it ranks second in NAIA Division II in scoring defense in allowing 51.3 points per game. Union, meanwhile, is averaging 86.4 points per game and giving up 60.6 points a night. Union ranks fifth in the nation in scoring margin at 25.8.
In all six wins, Union scored 79 or more points. Yet, Union lost both of its contests when held under 60 points.
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