WILMORE — Union College freshman Katrina Johnson buried a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to put an exclamation point on hard-fought, 58-56 win over host Asbury on Tuesday.
The win ups the Bulldogs’ record to 11-3, while the Eagles fall to 5-8 on the year.
The game was constant Ping-Pong match with 17 lead changes and eight ties. The lead changed hands five times in the fourth period alone.
Despite the back-and-forth play, the first three periods each ended the same way with Asbury in the lead. The Eagles led 19-15 after the first, 30-28 at the half, and 47-44 after three periods.
Asbury scored first in the fourth to up the margin to 49-44, but Union countered with a 6-0 run to seize a slim 50-49 advantage with 5:38 to play. Tied at 51-all, Savannah Taylor hit a 3-pointer to send Asbury ahead 54-51 with 2:16 left.
The Bulldogs countered with a Maci Spence bucket and a pair of free throws from Nannilena White to take a 55-54 lead with 1:06 on the clock.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the final minute, but neither did until Brittany Warren scored with four seconds to play, putting Asbury up 56-55.
Following a timeout, Brianna Adler got the ball to Johnson, who heaved a prayer that was answered in the form a 3-pointer, giving Union the 58-56 victory.
Spence led Union with 20 points, while Adler and Johnson followed with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
For Asbury, Warren and Kali Whiteside set the tone with 14 points apiece with Taylor adding 10.
This was the final game for the Bulldogs in 2016. Union returns to action on Jan. 3 when it visits Tennessee Wesleyan in Appalachian Athletic Conference play. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.