BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior Kara Pile scored her 1,000th career point as she helped lead the charge as No. 19 Union overcame an 18-point deficit in posting a 72-69 victory over visiting Pikeville (Ky.) Friday in the Union Holiday Classic.
Pile (Fairdale, Ky.) poured in 17 points to give her 1,007 in her career, making her the 15th Lady Bulldog to reach the milestone. She also recorded eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.
Leading the charge was junior Lindsey Waters (Stearns, Ky.), who collected her ninth double-double and fifth in a row as she registered 28 points and 14 rebounds. The 6-foot-1 center also chipped in four blocks and three assists.
The win was Union's seventh in a row as it improves to 11-2 overall. Pikeville falls to 4-11.
In the other game of the Classic, Indiana Southeast held off Tennessee Wesleyan 81-72.
The Lady Bulldogs return to Appalachian Athletic Conference play on Tuesday when they play host to Reinhardt (Ga.) at 5:30 p.m.
Union led early on, but Pikeville took a 9-7 lead after a pair of Whitney Jackson free throws at the 15:43 mark and stayed in front for just shy of the next 35 minutes. The Lady Bears steadily padded their lead, taking a 39-21 advantage following a Lenae Shouse-Stacey layup with 2:47 left in the half.
The Lady Bulldogs mounted a mini rally to close out the period, pulling within 43-31 at the break.
Pikeville's lead hovered around 10 points for much of the second half. But Union's game started to pick up with under six minutes to play.
Down 65-55 with 5:23 to play, Union began chipping away, using a 12-1 run to take a one-point lead. Laura Perkins (Myra, Ky.) drained a 3-pointer from the left corner with 55 seconds to play to send Union ahead 67-66, the Lady Bulldogs first lead in nearly 35 minutes.
A Pile free throw and four more from Waters gave Union a 72-66 cushion. Christin Haney sank a 3-pointer right before the buzzer to make the final 72-69.
Union shot 40.3 percent (25 of 62 shots) from the field, 31.4 percent (11 of 35) from 3-point range and 91.7 percent (11 of 12) from the foul line. Meanwhile, Pikeville connected on 36.2 percent (25 of 69) of its shots and went 4-for-12 (33.3 percent) from long range. The Lady Bears hit only 60 percent (15 of 25) of their free throws.
Jackson and Haney led Pikeville with 13 points each, while Sydni Wainscott added 12 points.