Union Takes AAC comeback win over Milligan, 72-64

By Jordan Childress

The Union College women’s basketball team placed four scorers in double-figures in a 72-64 comeback win over Milligan (Tenn.) in Appalachian Athletic Conference action, Wednesday night.

The win improves the Bulldogs to 13-6 overall and 10-3 in AAC play. With the loss, the Buffaloes fall to 7-15 on the season and 6-8 in AAC play.

Milligan opened the game with an early 9-5 lead and extended the early lead to 18-10 with nine minutes remaining in the first-half.

The two teams exchanged baskets for most of the first-half as the Bulldogs tried to cut into the Buffaloes lead. A seven-point swing by Macy Clontz (JR/Lily, Ky.) pulled Union within 28-26 with 2:51 left until halftime.

The Buffaloes closed out the first-half on a 9-0 run, taking a 36-26 lead into the locker room.

Allison Jones led Milligan with 12 first-half points while Clontz led Union with 11 points.

The early minutes of the second-half belonged to the Buffaloes as they extended their lead to as many as 12.

A Haley Perkins (JR/Glasgow, Ky.) three-pointer cut the Buffaloes lead to 45-43 with 15:04 remaining in the second-half.

Union would tie and take their first lead of the game on four straight free throws from Lydia Nash (JR/Florence, Ky.) with 6:15 remaining on the clock.

After taking a 58-56 lead, the Bulldogs would exchange baskets with the Buffaloes, a five-point swing from Perkins gave Union a 68-64 lead with just under two minutes left to play.

The Bulldogs closed out the game on a 9-0 run, taking a key 72-64 win over the Buffaloes.

Nash paced the four Bulldogs in double-figures with a game-high 19 points on 15-of-17 shooting from the free throw line. Clontz finished with a career-high 14 points and eight rebounds. Perkins finished with her fifth double-double on the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Reagan King (SO/Hindman, Ky.) rounded out the Bulldog scorers with a 12-point and eight rebound effort.

Jones led the Buffaloes with 18 points while Hayley Wyrick finished with 15 points.

Inside The Numbers

  • ¥ Union placed four players in double-figure scoring for the fifth time on the season.
  • ¥ Lydia Nash made a career-high 15 free throws, breaking a high of 11 free throws during the 2013-2014 season.
  • ¥ Union outscored Milligan in bench points 32-5.

Haley Perkins grabbed 14 rebounds, giving her 543 rebounds in her career, good enough for 10th in Union women’s basketball history.