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Union College women’s basketball used a massive fourth-quarter rally to pull out a 70-62 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) win over host Montreat College (N.C.) on Saturday.

Fourth-quarter rally propels Union women’s basketball to victory

MONTREAT, N.C. — Union College women’s basketball used a massive fourth-quarter rally to pull out a 70-62 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) win over host Montreat College (N.C.) on Saturday.

The victory improves Union to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the AAC, while Montreat falls to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

TURNING POINT

Heading into the final period, Union found itself trailing 52-46. The Cavaliers upped the margin to seven before the Bulldogs went on a 12-4 run to take a 58-57 lead following a Logan Calvert bucket with 4:30 to play.

Montreat briefly regained a one-point lead, but Union ripped off seven consecutive points for a 65-59 advantage with 1:43 remaining. The Bulldogs never trailed again.

The Cavaliers cut the margin to 66-62, but the Bulldogs hit all four of their free throws during the final 22 seconds of the game to close out the 70-62 conference win.

BULLDOG OF THE GAME

Brooke Hammonds logged her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. She went 2-for-3 from behind the arc and buried all seven of her free throws. The junior also dished out a team-best seven assists.

QUOTABLE

“So proud of the fight we showed today on the road. We needed this,” said head coach Dean Walsh. “We needed to prove to ourselves that we are capable of being good on the road. They worked hard at committing to being a team and defending this week.”

BULLDOG NOTES

Three Bulldogs scored in double figures. In addition to Hammonds, Chariss Wilson netted 17 points with Calvert adding 15.

Union won the battle on the board, outrebounding Montreat 34-30.

The Bulldogs hit 51.2 percent (22-of-43) of their shots, while the Cavaliers went 21-of-65 (32.3 percent) from the field.

Both teams attempted 23 free throws with Union making 19 and Montreat 14.

Union hit 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from 3-point range. Montreat was 6-for-24 (25 percent) from long distance.

NEXT FOR THE BULLDOGS

Union returns home Tuesday to host Milligan College (Tenn.) in AAC play. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.