KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Five Bulldogs scored in double figures as No. 2 seed Union finished strong to advance to the Appalachian Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament semifinal round with an 86-75 win over No. 7 seed Virginia Intermont on Thursday.
Union (22-8 overall) will play the winner of the game No. 3 seed Bryan and No. 6 seed Reinhardt on Friday at 8 p.m.
The loss ends Virginia Intermont season at 13-16.
It was a game of runs as the score was tied nine times and the lead changed hands nine more. The Lady Cobras began the game with an 11-0 run, but the Bulldogs responded with 14-3 rally to tie the game with 14:35 on the clock.
After a bit of back-and-forth play, Union closed out the half on a 17-7 spurt to take a 45-37 advantage into the intermission.
But whatever momentum Union had going into the half disappeared as Virginia Intermont opened the period on a 10-0 run, grabbing a 47-45 edge at the 17:26 mark. The Lady Cobras seemed to have things under control 6:57 remaining, owning a 66-61 lead following two free throws and a bucket by Rainey Story.
However, Union found new life. After a pair of Haley Perkins free throws made it a one-point game, Amber Taylor drained a 3-pointer to give Union a 69-67 lead with 5:16 to play. Jordan Ray scored to pull Virginia Intermont even, but Union closed out the game by scoring 17 of the final 23 points for the 86-75 cushion.
Perkins posted a double-double to lead Union, scoring 22 points and grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds. Lydia Nash had 15 points, while Taylor recorded 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Reagan King and Marah Rice helped out with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
For Virginia Intermont, Ray accounted for 23 points with Story adding 17. Nikita Jones added 14.