BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union women's basketball team used a late second-half surge to pull away from visiting Asbury (Ky.) in grabbing the 78-62, season-opening win on Tuesday.
Tied at 44-44 with 14:27 remaining, Union received back-to-back buckets from Adreana Jefferson and a 3-pointer from Marah Rice to open up a seven-point cushion. Asbury cut the margin to 51-46 thanks a pair of Savannah Taylor free throws at the 11:49 mark, but Union used a 7-2 spurt to build a 58-48 lead with 10:23 to play.
The Bulldogs (1-0 overall) were never threatened the rest of the way, building as much as a 19-point lead en route to the 78-62 decision.
Four Bulldogs scored in double figures with Lydia Nash posting a game-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor. She was a perfect 5-for-5 at the foul line. Amber Taylor followed with 14 points and seven assists, while Alyson Roberts and Jefferson added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
For the first 30 minutes, the game was very much in doubt as there were five ties and 11 lead changes. Asbury used a 9-0 in the first half to give it a 27-21 lead with 5:44 to go in the period. Union bounced back, closing out the half on a 13-3 run to take a 34-30 lead at the break.
The Eagles (2-1 overall) claimed the lead twice more before a 9-0 run sent the Bulldogs ahead for good.
Annissia Wood led Asbury with 16 points, and Kylee Gorby added 14. Sam Burr recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
By the Numbers
- Union outrebounded Asbury 34-31, but no Bulldog had more than four rebounds. Taylor, Roberts, Nash and Aaliyah Lumson each had four.
- The Bulldogs shot well from the floor, making 53.4 percent from the field. In the second half, Union hit 18-of-32 shots (56.3 percent).
- The Bulldogs are 13-0 in home opener under head coach Tim Curry.
- Over a third of Asbury's points came from the free-throw line as it made 21-of-29.
Union hits the road Saturday to face IU Southeast. Game time is set for 4 p.m.