ATHENS, Tenn. - The 18th-ranked Union women's basketball picked up a key Appalachian Athletic Conference road victory as it defeated host Tennessee Wesleyan 67-42 on Saturday.
The two teams have combined to win the conference tournament five of the past six years and have advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament three times apiece. Tennessee Wesleyan was picked to win the league in 2012-13 with Union right behind.
But today it was Union's day.
The visiting Lady Bulldogs lead from wire-to-wire en route to their seventh win of the, improving their overall mark to 7-2 and conference record to 2-0.
Up 33-23 at the half, Union started the second period on a 14-0 run to open up a 47-23 lead. With 6:23 left, Tennessee Wesleyan cut the margin to 54-38. However, Union accounted for 13 of the final 17 points en route to the 67-42 decision.
Senior Lindsey Waters led Union with 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Amber Taylor followed with 12 points and three assists. Haley Perkins had only eight points but grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go with five steals and two blocks.
Cody Houck was the lone Tennessee Wesleyan (3-4 overall, 1-1 AAC) player to score in double figures, posting 13.
Union shot 43.9 percent (25-of-57 shots) from the floor and made 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) from 3-point range. At the fou line, Union connected on 12-of-16 free throws. On the flip side, Tennessee Wesleyan shot 28.8 percent (17-of-59 shots) from the field, 23.3 percent (5-of-21 shots) from long range and went 3-for-6 at the charity stripe.
Up next for Union is Cincinnati-Clermont next Saturday. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. at Robsion Arena.