NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Union (Tenn.) University women's basketball dropped an exhibition game to the SEC's Vanderbilt (Tenn.) University 90-61. This marks the second straight season Union and Vanderbilt have met in exhibition action with Vandy taking last season's game 69-48.
Union looked good early as they scored the game's first five points and led 14-5 at the 12 minute mark. However, the tide turned quickly as Vanderbilt rolled off 23 straight points as part of a 35-5 run. Vandy led 46-26 at the end of the first half.
Vandy tied the game and took their first lead on free throws from Stephanie Holzer at the 8:44 mark of the first half.
In the second half, Vandy extending their lead to as many as 37 points (65-28) at the 13:38 mark. Union cut the deficit down to 25 points, 67-42, with a 14-2 run. But that was as close as the Lady Bulldogs would get.
Both teams put on a shooting display from long range as Union for the second straight game, shot 50 percent or better from long range against an NCAA opponent. Union drained 52 percent (12-23) from behind the arc against Vanderbilt, but managed just 41 percent from the field. Kayla Hudson led Union with 19 points, including 5-of-10 from three-point range. Zeinab Chan scored 14 points, while Hope Adams grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Kayla Bryant was 3-for-4 from behind the arc for her nine points. Six different Union players made at least one three pointer.
Vanderbilt matched Union outside, shooting 53 percent from the field, including 46 percent (13-28) from three point range. The Commodores got 28 points in the paint and 31 points off 17 Union turnovers. Vanderbilt sank 74 percent of their free throws (17-23), while Union hit 64 percent (7-11) from the charity stripe.
Vandy was led by Christina Foggie with 27 points, including 7-of-11 from three-point range. Elan Brown hit 5-of-6 three's as a part of her 21 points. Jasmine Lister added 10 points.
As in the Tennessee loss two days prior, rebounding was a factor. Union lost the battle of the boards to Vandy 41-23, including 16-8 offensively.
Up next for Union will be a home game against NAIA No. 12 Cumberlands (Ky.) on Saturday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m.