DAYTON, Tenn. - An early second half run was too much to overcome for the Union women's basketball team as the Bulldogs fell 57-54 to host Bryan (Tenn.) in Appalachian Athletic Conference play on Saturday.
The loss drops Union to 11-6 overall and 7-2 in league play, while Bryan improves to 12-6 overall and 7-2 in the AAC.
Beginning late in the first half and lasting over five minutes into the second half, the Lady Lions used an 18-0 run to seize a 41-26 advantage. Union led by three with 2:42 left in the first, but Kelsey Brooks hit a 3-pointer with 1:16 to go to send the game into the break tied at 26-all.
Bryan then opened the second half by scoring the first 15 points in building a 41-26 lead with 14:49 remaining.
Union rallied, eventually cutting the margin to 47-46 off an Alyson Roberts 3-pointer with 5:53 to play. However, the Bulldogs were never able to tie or reclaim the lead as the Lady Lions held on for the 57-54 decision.
Lydia Nash and Amber Taylor paced Union's offense with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
For Bryan, Kristin Lane led the way with 15 points with Brooks and Keila Formont adding 13 and 11 points, respectively.
By the Numbers
- Haley Perkins grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.
- Union shot 27.8 percent (20-of-72 shots) from the field and 16.1 percent (5-of-31) from 3-point range.
- Bryan was not much better shooting-wise, connecting on 32.3 percent (20-of-62) from the floor and 20 percent (4-of-20) from behind the arc.
- Bryan outrebounded Union 57-48. Jenna Ray led the Lady Lions with 10.
- Taylor had seven assists, giving her 89 on the season.
Union returns home to play host to Reinhardt (Ga.) on Wednesday in AAC play. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.