By James Vallone
JACKSON, Tenn. -– The Lady Hawks got double digit points from four players to pull away late in the game at Union, taking the 66-57 victory in Gulf South Conference action.
Karisma Boykin led all scorers for the game with 19 points, tied with Kelsey Risner from Union, as she scored 13 of those points in the second half to help Shorter (15-10, 10-7, GSC) complete the season sweep of the fellow GSC newcomer.
The Lady Hawks held a one point lead at the intermission, 25-24, as Union was able to stay close with the help of Risner connecting on a trio of 3-pointers for nine points off the bench. Union was able to make six 3-pointers, compared to one for the Lady Hawks in the first half. Shorter did shoot 41 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line to help hold the lead.
Union (17-7, 12-4 GSC) opened the second half on a 20-12 run, behind seven points from Amy Philamlee, to take the 44-37 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining to play.
The Lady Hawks defense held Union without any points for the next six minutes, while scoring 13 points to retake the lead for good.
Maggie Peeples played 18 minutes for the most action she has received on the court since November, and capitalized by scoring a career-high 11 points – including going 3-for-3 behind the arc.
The second half saw Shorter shoot 65 percent from the field – helping to move the average to 51 percent for the game. The Lady Hawks dominated the scoring in the paint, 26-12, while out rebounding Union, 33-28.
Lindsey Crawford got her first start of the season, adding five rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Union got a double double from Risner in reserve action, 18 points and 16 rebounds, as Risner connected on six 3-pointers for the game. Philamlee scored 15 points as the only other Lady Bulldog to reach double digits in points.
The Lady Hawks will finish the regular season on March 2 from Alabama-Huntsville at 6 pm. The two teams met from the Winthrop-King Centre on January 26, with the Lady Hawks taking the 56-55 victory on Alexander's layup with two seconds to play.