Tennessee Temple Women Lose At Union

Saturday, December 29, 2012

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior center Lindsey Waters nearly recorded her first career triple-double as No. 18 Union held off visiting Tennessee Temple 70-61 Friday in the Union College Holiday Classic.

The Stearns, Ky., native registered a game-high 29 points and 15 rebounds to go along with a season-high eight blocked shots. Waters now has 43 blocks on the season and is 104 points away from netting her 1,000th-career point during her Lady Bulldog tenure.

With the win, Union (9-2 overall) upped its win streak to five. Tennessee Temple dropped to 3-9 with the loss.

In Friday's first game, Cumberland (Tenn.) defeated Tennessee Wesleyan 68-57.

It had been 20 days since the Lady Bulldogs last took to the hardwood, and it showed at times. Union led 15-8 with 14:30 left in the first half, but Tennessee Temple went on a 23-2 run to open up a 30-17 advantage with 7:09 to go. Lynncoya Gardner accounted for seven points during the rally for the Lady Crusaders with Amanda Rector and TaQuasha O'Neal following with five and four, respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs countered with a 13-0 run, tying the game at 30-all on a Brooke Hill old-fashioned, three-point play with 2:32 remaining. Hill scored again at the 1:24 mark to give Union a 32-31 lead, and Laura Perkins hit a pair of free throws to make it 34-31 with 1:13 remaining. However, Amber Charles scored just before the half to pull Tennessee Temple within 34-33.

Play remained tight early on in the second half despite the fact Union owned a pair of six-point leads. Down 47-41, the Lady Crusaders reeled off 10 straight points to seize a 51-47 with 11:06 to play. Macy Clontz hit a basket with 8:36 left to pull Union even at 53-all, starting a 14-0 run. During the run, Waters scored 10 points, going 8-for-8 at the foul line during the stretch as Union built a 65-53 lead.

From that point on, Tennessee Temple could get no closer than nine of Union as the Lady Bulldogs notched the 70-61 decision.

After Waters, Hill came off the bench to provided 11 points and nine rebounds. Haley Perkins chipped in 10 points and grabbed eight boards. Union shot 31.1 percent (23-of-74 shots) from the floor, 18.8 percent (3-for-16 shots) from 3-point range and 75 percent (21-of-28 free throws) from the charity stripe.

For Tennessee Temple, LaQuinta Gallishaw led the way with 16 points with Amber Charles and Rector adding 13 and 12 points, respectively. The Lady Crusaders hit 32.3 percent (21-of-65) of their shots and connected on 5-of-18 shots (27.8 percent) from long range. Tennessee Temple also made 70 percent (14-of-20) from the foul line.

Union will face Cumberland at 4 p.m. Saturday, while Tennessee Temple and Tennessee Wesleyan square off at 2 p.m.


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