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Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 14, 2017
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Columbia (S.C.) 3-13, 2-10 AAC2019111060
Union College 13-6, 7-5 AAC2822232093
Jan. 14, 2017
Barbourville, KY
Columbia (S.C.)Indv. LeadersUnion College
#25 Amber Sherrill - 20Points #35 Maci Spence - 29
#32 Erica Leblanc - 10Rebounds #2 Jenna Mills - 10
#25 Amber Sherrill - 4Assists 3 Players - 4
Columbia (S.C.)Team StatisticsUnion College
27.4% (20 - 73) Field Goals % 43.3% (29 - 67)
22.2% (6 - 27) 3 Point Field Goals % 30% (9 - 30)
63.6% (14 - 22) Free Throws 74.3% (26 - 35)
39Rebounds 61
14Assists 21
20Turnovers 24
52nd Chance Pts 10

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Jenna Mills (JR/Barbourville, Ky.) scored her first double-double of the season, and Maci Spence (SR/Mt. Sterling, Ky. ) poured in a game-high 29 points as the Union College women's basketball team cruised to a 93-60 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) victory over visiting Columbia (S.C.) on Saturday.

The win is the Bulldogs' second in a row, improving them to 13-6 overall and 7-5 in conference play. Columbia falls to 3-13 overall and 2-10 in the AAC.

Mills netted 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including a 3-for-4 performance from 3-point range, and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Spence was nearly perfect on the night in going 10-for-11 from the floor in almost registering her second 30-point outing of the year.

As a team, Union shot 43.3 percent (29-of-67 shots) from the field and 30 percent (9-of-30) from behind the arc. Conversely, Columbia went 20-of-73 (27.4 percent) from the field and made only 6-of-27 (22.2 percent) 3-point attempts.

Early on, it appeared as if the game was going to turn into a shootout. Union took an early 6-2 lead, but Columbia used an 8-0 run in taking a 10-6 edge at 6:49 mark. During the rally, Alison Sobataka hit two 3-pointers for the Koalas. The Bulldogs countered with an 11-3 surge to grab a 17-13 advantage, yet the Koalas answered with a mini rally to take the game at 20-all with 3:07 left. However, Union closed out the frame on an 8-0 run for a 28-20 cushion going into the second.

The Bulldogs opened up a 13-point lead in the second but still could not fully seize control of the game just yet. After falling behind 33-20, Columbia mounted a 15-6 run to slice the deficit down to four. Amber Sherrill drained a 3-pointer to pull the Koalas within 39-35 at the 3:11 mark. Union regrouped to close out the period strong, taking a 50-39 lead into the break.

Union came out of the half on fire, scoring the first 18 points of the third to open up a 68-39 advantage. Mills and Kasey Young (JR/Danville, Ky.) each had a pair of 3-pointers during the run. Columbia tried to fight back, but the margin never dipped below 23 as Union took a 73-50 lead into the fourth.

In the fourth, Union's lead grew as large as 35 points as it outscored Columbia 20-10 in the frame, locking up the 93-60 victory.

In addition to Spence and Mills, Young scored in double figures as she finished with 13 points to go with eight rebounds, four steals and three assists.

The Bulldogs dominated the glass, outrebounding the Koalas 61-39. The 61 rebounds are a season high for Union as is the plus-22 differential.

For Columbia, Sherrill's 20 points led the way with Erica LeBlanc adding a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Up Next

Union hits the road on Wednesday to face Bryan (Tenn.) in another AAC matchup. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.