BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The icy conditions weren't limit to the weather outside as cold shooting plagues the Union women's basketball team as it fell 61-49 to visiting Cumberland (Tenn.) Saturday in the Union College Holiday Classic.
Ranked No. 7 in the NAIA Division I Top 25 Poll, Cumberland remains undefeated at 13-0, while 18th-ranked Union drops to 9-3. The loss snapped the Lady Bulldogs' five-game win streak.
In Saturday's other game, Tennessee Temple defeated Tennessee Wesleyan 62-53. Tennessee Temple is now 4-9 on the year with Tennessee Wesleyan falling to 4-6.
For much of the first half, Union looked solid against Cumberland as it used a 12-3 surge to claim a 24-16 advantage with 6:10 to play in the half. Eight of Union's 12 points during the rally came from the foul line. Cumberland, though, turned things around while Union's offense stopped. The visitors closed out the half on a 12-1 run to take a 28-25 lead into the break. TaCouya Allen accounted for six of Cumberland's points during the rally.
Cumberland continued to streak as the second half unfolded, building a 54-36 lead after a Calamity Jane Coley bucket with 6:32 to play. Union managed to get the margin down to 57-47 following a Lindsey Waters basket with 2:00 remaining, but it was too little, too late as Cumberland registered the 61-49 decision.
Union struggled from the field, making only 14-of-47 shots (29.8 percent) from the field and 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Cumberland connected on 42.9 percent (24-of-56) of its shots and went 2-for-8 from behind the arc.
On the glass, Cumberland won the battle with a 39-33 edge.
For Cumberland, Jessica Pace set the tone with 18 points, while Coley followed with 14. Josette Campbell and Allen each chipped in 10 points.
Union returns to action Thursday when it pays Reinhardt (Ga.) a visit. The Appalachian Athletic Conference showdown is set to tip at 5:30 p.m.