BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Haley Perkins netted a game-high 27 points to help lead Union to the 89-81 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory over visiting Virginia Intermont on Monday.
The Glasgow, Ky., native hit 8-of-15 shots from the floor and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line in collecting the 27 points. Senior Amber Taylor turned in her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 assists.
The win ups the Bulldogs record to 16-7 overall and 12-3 in league play, while the Lady Cobras fall to 8-13 overall and 4-10 in league play.
Early on, it appeared the Bulldogs was going to run away with things, but the Lady Cobras battled back and gave Union fits the rest of the. Union opened the game on fire, jumping out to an 18-5 lead with 16:13 to go in the half. Alyson Roberts accounted for half of Union's points with three 3-pointers. However, Virginia Intermont countered with a 16-2 surge and took a 21-20 lead after a Jordan Bacon bucket with 8:38 on the clock.
Union regrouped and quickly reclaimed the lead en route to a 40-32 halftime advantage.
Virginia Intermont continually fought and came close to take the lead. After being down 10, the Lady Cobras chipped away at the deficit and finally cut it to 59-58 after an old-fashioned, three-point play from Courtney McKenzie with 7:51 to play. Union looked as if it would put Virginia Intermont away for good, using a 20-7 stretch in building a 79-65 cushion with 4:00 left.
Yet, the Lady Cobras refused to quit, slicing the margin to two twice with the last time coming off a pair of Nikita Jones free throws to make the score 83-81 Union at the 22 second mark. The Bulldogs, though, went 6-for-6 at the foul line in the waning moments to ice the 89-81 decision.
In addition to Perkins and Taylor, Lydia Nash and Roberts also scored in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
For Virginia Intermont, Jones led the way with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Jordan Ray knocked in 18 points and Kayla Orrick had 10 points and nine rebounds.
By the Numbers
- Both teams committed 17 turnovers, but Union made the most of them in scoring 28 points off of Virginia Intermont's. The Lady Cobras only netted 15 points off of Union's miscues.
- Virginia Intermont made its home in the lane, scoring 52 points in the paint.
- For the third time this season, Union drained 12 3-pointers in a game.
- Union shot 36.8 percent (28 of 76) from the field, 32.4 percent (12 of 37) from long range and 77.8 percent (21 of 27) from the free-throw line.
- Virginia Intermont hit 39.2 percent (29 of 74) of its shots, went 5-of-21 (23.8 percent) from 3-point range and shot 78.3 percent (18 of 23) from the foul line.
- The Bulldogs outrebounded the Lady Cobras 51-48. Marah Rice and Macy Clontz each established new career highs with both grabbing eight rebounds.
Union will travel to Point (Ga.) on Wednesday for another AAC contest. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.