BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior guard Amber Taylor scored her 1,000th career point and posted her second double-double of the season as Union downed visiting Milligan (Tenn.) in Appalachian Athletic Conference play on Thursday.
The Clinton, Tenn., entered the game with 999 career points and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark when she drained a 3-pointer with 16:07 left in the first half. Taylor finished with 14 points and 14 assists, equaling the season high in NAIA Division II. Hannah Kotzen of Warner (Fla.) and Sierra Even of Valley City State (N.D.) also dished out 14 assists this season.
Taylor now has 1,013 career points.
Union is now 15-6 overall and 11-2 in the AAC, while Milligan falls to 13-9 overall and 9-5 in league play.
Fellow senior Marah Rice turned in a career game, scoring 19 points with 17 coming in the first half alone. She drained 5-of-8 3-pointers. Also helping out was Lydia Nash, who turned in her first double-double of her career with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
After a back-and-forth start, Union opened up a 22-11 lead when Rice hit her second trey with 11:50 to play in the half. However, the Bulldogs struggled to open up a comfortable margin before the half as the Buffaloes cut the deficit to 25-23 following a Kayla Kelly bucket at the 9:15 mark.
Union built the lead back up to nine, but Milligan whittled it back down to 39-36 with 1:31 left. Yet, Macy Clontz sank a 3-pointer before the half to send Union into the break up 42-36.
The Bulldogs came out on fire out of the break, using an 18-4 run to open up a 60-40 advantage with 14:35 remaining. Haley Perkins accounted for seven points during the rally. From that point on, Milligan never really threaten, only closing within 14 twice as Union registered the 86-63 decision.
Perkins finished with 13 points to give Union four double-digit scorers.
For Milligan, Hayley Wyrick led the way with 18 points with Allison Jones adding 15. Kelly and Chelsey Weddle added 14 and 11 points, respectively. Weddle also had 10 rebounds to give her a double-double.
By the Numbers
- Taylor now has 119 assists on the year, surpassing her total of 118 from last season.
- Union shot 42.9 percent (30 of 70) from the field, 38.7 percent (12 of 31) from 3-point range and 82.4 percent (14 of 17) from the foul-line.
- Milligan connected on 39.3 percent (22 of 56) of its shots, made only 1-of-14 (7.1 percent) from behind the arc and was 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) at the line.
- The Bulldogs outrebouned the Buffaloes 41-37.
- The 12 3-pointers tie the season hit for Union. The Bulldogs have made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game three times this season.
- The four-game win streak is the longest for Union this season. Last time time Union won four in a row came in February of 2013.
- Union scored 31 ponits off of Milligan's 25 turnovers.
Union travels to Tennessee Wesleyan for a key AAC showdown on Saturday at 2 p.m.