COLUMBIA, S.C. - Sophomore Lydia Nash equaled her career high with 36 points, and Union reeled off 48 second-half points en route to an 81-73 Appalachian Athletic Conference win over host Columbia (S.C.) on Thursday.
Nash went 13-of-17 shots from the floor, draining her only 3-point attempt, and made 9-of-11 free throws in leading all scorers. Her 36 points matches her career best, which Nash first posted against St. Andrews (N.C.) on Jan. 23, 2013.
The win is the Bulldogs' second in a row and fifth in their last six outings, improving their overall mark to 10-5 and conference record to 6-1. Columbia falls to 5-11 overall and 1-6 in the AAC.
At the half, the Koalas held a 36-33 advantage. However, Union got its offense rolling behing Nash and Amber Taylor. The Bulldogs tallied 48 second-half points with Nash accounting for 19 and Taylor 14. Union connected on 52.9 percent (18-of-34 shots) of its shots in the second half.
After Nash, Taylor finished with 14 points with Haley Perkins adding 13.
Kaitlyn Smith paced Columbia with a double-double, netting 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Jennifer Giles added 12 points, and Alison Sobataka chipped in 11.
By the Numbers
- After today's performance, Nash is now shooting 61.6 percent from the floor. Heading into the game, she ranked seventh in the nation at 59.7 percent.
- Columbia outrebounded Union 33-27 for the game. The Koalas entered the game averaging 42.6 rebounds per game.
- Union finished the game shooting 45.3 percent (29-of-64 shots), and Columbia made 42.4 percent (25-of-59 shots) of its shots.
- Last season, Union swept the season series by an average margin of victory of 37.0 points.
Union returns home to play host to St. Andrews (N.C.) in another AAC tilt. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m.