BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union women's basketball team returns to action this weekend as the Bulldogs will host the annual Union College Holiday Classic.
The Classic tips off Friday at 6 p.m. as three other teams round out the field for the two-day event.
In Friday's first game, Cumberlands (Ky.) will take on Montreat (N.C.). Union will then face Tennessee Temple at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Montreat and Tennessee Temple will square off at 2 p.m., and Union and Cumberlands will meet up at 4 p.m.
Live in-game updates for all four games will be available on Union's official in-game account @UBulldogsInGame.
Union is 7-4 overall, but the Bulldogs have lost two of their last three games. Last time out, Union posted an 85-65 win over Point (Ga.) as five players scored in double figures.
Lydia Nash leads the team in scoring at 15.8 points-per game, while Haley Perkins is averaging 14.1 points and Amber Taylor 11.5. Taylor also leads the team in rebounding (5.5 rebounds per game) and with 61 assists.
The Bulldogs rank 24th in NAIA Division II in 3-pointers per game (7.091) and total 3-pointers made (78). Union is also 29th in 3-point field-goal percentage at 33.6 percentage. Perkins is seventh in the nation with a 48.6 shooting percentage from long range.
Montreat (7-4 overall)
The Lady Cavaliers have won two of their last three games but are coming off of a 63-43 loss to Reinhardt (Ga.). Montreat was held to 18 points in the first half, and Alexandria Gellman was the only Lady Cav to score in double figures as she finished with 13.
Gellman leads the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game, while Kim Henderson and Kaitlyn Clontz are close behind at 9.9 and 9.8 respectively.
Montreat is one of the better shooting teams in NAIA Division II, ranking 21st with a 43.8 percentage.
Cumberlands (2-3 overall)
Despite a losing record and only playing give games, Cumberlands is ranked No. 20 in NAIA Division I. Four of the five opponents the Patriots have faced are ranked in the top 25.
Last time out, Cumberlands defeated No. 13 Columbia (Mo.) 78-55 with Jackie Alexander setting the tone with 23 points as she hit 7-of-9 shots from 3-point range.
Winners of two of their last three games, the Patriots are led in scoring by Alexander at 11.0 points per game, while Brooke Forsythe is at 10.8 points per game. Cumberlands averages 70.8 points per game.
The Patriots lead NAIA Division I in 3-point shooting with a 46.8 field-goal percentage and in free-throw shooting at 85.5 percent.
Tennessee Temple (2-6 overall)
The Lady Crusaders started off the season 0-6, but they bounced back with back-to-back wins. Last time out, Tennessee Temple defeated Trinity Baptist 74-63. Amanda Rector led the Lady Crusaders with 16 points.