BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union saw its two-game win streak come to a halt as visiting Cumberlands (Ky.) held off the Bulldogs for a 67-54 decision Saturday in the Union College Holiday Classic.
The loss drops Union to 8-5 overall, while Cumberlands improves to 4-3 on the year.
In the other game of the Classic, Tennessee Temple downed Montreat (N.C.) 88-76.
Down 29-20 at the half, the Bulldogs opened the second period on a 9-0 run to tie the game with 16:19 to play. Lydia Nash accounted for six of the points during the rally. However, the Patriots countered with a 12-2 surge to open up a 41-31 cushion with 13:12 left. Union kept scrapping, cutting the margin to 49-45 with 7:30 remaining after Aaliyah Lumson hit one of two free throws.
However, that was as close Union would get to reclaiming the lead as Cumberlands built another double-digit lead en route the 67-54 decision.
Poor shooting did Union in as it made 18-of-55 shots (32.7 percent) and was 2-for-17 (11.8 percent) from long range. After making all five free-throw attempts in the first half, the Bulldogs went 11-of-22 at the line in the second half to finish with a 59.3 free-throw percentage.
Nash paced Union with 22 piongs, while Haley Perkins and Amber Taylor each had 12 points and six rebounds. Taylor also dished out six assists.
Cumberlands hit 40 percent (24-of-60) from the floor but went 3-for-15 (20 percent) from long range. The Patriots connected on 16-of-21 (76.2 percent) from the foul line.
Julie Haye led Cumberlands with 19 points with Jessica Upchurch and Jackie Alexander following with 13 and 12, respectively.
By the Numbers
• Cumberlands' bench outscored Union's 29-2.
• The Patriots got 16 points off of Union's 17 turnovers, but the Bulldogs netted only 12 off of Cumberlands' 19.
• Perkins matched her career-high for blocks in a game with three.
Union will hit the road on Tuesday to face Pikeville (Ky.). Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.