KINGSPORT, Tenn. - No. 2 seed Union opened with an 11-0 run and never looked back, dispatching third-seeded Bryan 63-45 on Friday in the semifinals of the Appalachian Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.
The Bulldogs (23-8 overall) will now face No. 4 seed Milligan, which defeated Tennessee Wesleya 61-55 in the other semifinal game, on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Union opened the game on an 11-0 run but could not totally shake Bryan as the Lady Lions battled back and kept things close for the rest of the first half. Yet, Bryan never got any closer than three, which was the halftime margin at 26-23.
The Bulldogs opened the second half on a 15-6 spurt to open up a 41-29 cushion. From that point on, Bryan never got the deficit under 10 as Union led by as much as 22 points en route to the 63-45 decision.
Lydia Nash led a quartet ofBulldogs in double figures with 18 points, while Haley Perkins posted her second double-double of the tournament with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Alyson Roberts and Amber Taylor each posted 11 points.
Taylor also made history, dishing out seven assists to tie the program's single-season record. Her 194 assists equals that of Andrea (Whitehead) Hillard, who first recorded the school mark during the 2003-04 season.
For Bryan, Taylor Neuharth led the way with 14 points with Keila Formont adding 11.
Bryan ends the season at 20-11 overall.
|Bryan (Tenn.) 20-11||23||22||45|
|Union (Ky.) 23-8||26||37||63|
|Feb. 28, 2014|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Indv. Leaders||Union (Ky.)|
|#13 Taylor Neuharth - 14||Points||#33 Lydia Nash - 18|
|#44 Megan Billingsby - 10||Rebounds||#20 Haley Perkins - 12|
|#10 Keila Formont - 4||Assists||#2 Amber Taylor - 7|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Team Statistics||Union (Ky.)|
|26.7% (16 - 60)||Field Goals %||33.9% (21 - 62)|
|29.2% (7 - 24)||3 Point Field Goals %||20% (4 - 20)|
|54.5% (6 - 11)||Free Throws||81% (17 - 21)|
|12||2nd Chance Pts||12|