LAURINBURG, N.C. - Freshman center Lydia Nash exploded for a career-high 36 points to lead the Union women's basketball team to a 75-46 victory of host St. Andrews (N.C.) in Appalachian Athletic Conference play on Wednesday.
With the win, the Lady Bulldogs improve to 14-6 overall and 7-3 in the conference. The Lady Knights fall to 3-16 overall and 1-9 in the AAC.
Heading into the game, Nash had only scored in double figures six times this season with a high of 18 points coming against Asbury (Ky.) on Nov. 20. But with senior Lindsey Waters out with an injury, Nash stepped up in a big way going 15-of-16 from the field and 6-for-7 at the line.
Not only are her 36 points the most any Lady Bulldog has scored this season, they are the second-most in the conference. Only Virginia Intermont's Rainey Story has scored more in a game this season, netting 39 against Point (Ga.) on Jan. 12. There are only six players to score 30 or more points in a game this season in the AAC, and Union is the only team with two players accomplishing the feat. Waters scored 31 against Asbury (Ky.) on Nov. 20.
Nash's 15 field goals made are a conference high this season. Waters is second with 14 baskets made in a game. Although averaging only 9.3 points per game for the season, Nash has played well recently, scoring in double figures in three of the last four games and averaging 18.3 points.
Union lead from wire-to-wire, opening up an 11-point lead in the first half. St. Andrews cut the deficit to 24-21 with 5:04 left in the first, but Union took a 32-25 lead into the half.
The Lady Bulldogs began the second half with a 16-2 run, opening up a 48-27 advantage. Union led by as much as 31 points en route to the 75-46 decision.
Haley Perkins was the only other Lady Bulldog to score in double figures as she finished with 11.
For St. Andrews, Renee Norton was the lone player to crack double digits, posting a team-high 14 points.
Union returns home Saturday to play host to AAC rival Tennessee Wesleyan. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.