BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior Amber Taylor handed out dimes like it was candy as she dished out a school-record 18 assists in Union's 110-70 Appalachian Athletic Conference win over visiting Columbia (S.C.) on Saturday.
The Clinton, Tenn., native, bested the long-standing school mark of 15, which had been hit twice in program history. Anna Mills first accomplished the feat against Alice Lloyd (Ky.) during the 1990-91 season, and Andrea Hillard equaled that mark on Nov. 30, 2006, against Midway (Ky.).
This marks the fifth time this season Taylor posted 10 or more assists in a game. Her previous high was 14 against Milligan (Tenn.) on Jan. 30.
The 18 assists are also a season high for all of NAIA Division II. The previous best was 14 assists in a game, achieved by Taylor and two others.
For the season, Taylor has 154 assists and is 27 away from becoming the fifth player in program history to amass 400 in a career.
With the win, Union improves to 17-8 overall and 13-4 in the AAC, while Columbia falls to 7-18 overall and 3-12 in league play.
Early on the Bulldogs struggled to find their groove. The lead stayed within a few points during the first six-plus minutes of the game with the Koalas take a 10-9 lead at the 15:29 mark. Up 13-12, Union picked up the pace by going on a 13-0 run to open up a 25-12 cushion with 8:20 to go in the half. The Bulldog offense went into hyperdrive, reeling off 33 points during the final eight minutes of the period to take a 58-32 lead into the break.
Taylor had 11 assists at the half.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Bulldogs outscored the Koalas 52-38 en route to the 110-70 decision.
Lydia Nash lead the Union scoring attack with 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and going 9-of-11 at the foul line. Next was Adreana Jefferson, who scored a career-high 15 points. Her previous best 10. Alyson Roberts added 13 points, and freshman Reagan King established a career-high with 12 points.
Taylor nearly had a double-double as she had eight rebounds. on Saturday. Haley Perkins just missed a double-double as well with eight poings and a team-high 10 rebounds.
For Columbia, Taylor Smith led the way with 13 points and 12 rebounds with BriAna Johnson contributing 11 points.
By the Numbers
Union hits the road Wednesday to face St. Andrews (N.C.) in another AAC contest. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.
|Columbia (S.C.) 7-18, 3-12 AAC||32||38||70|
|Union (Ky.) 17-8, 13-4||58||52||110|
|Feb. 8, 2014|
|Columbia (S.C.)||Indv. Leaders||Union (Ky.)|
|#25 Taylor Smith - 13||Points||#33 Lydia Nash - 31|
|#25 Taylor Smith - 12||Rebounds||#20 Haley Perkins - 10|
|#3 Alison Sobataka - 3||Assists||#2 Amber Taylor - 18|
|Columbia (S.C.)||Team Statistics||Union (Ky.)|
|28.7% (25 - 87)||Field Goals %||45.5% (40 - 88)|
|11.1% (2 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||33.3% (9 - 27)|
|69.2% (18 - 26)||Free Throws||77.8% (21 - 27)|
|20||2nd Chance Pts||21|