JACKSON, Tenn. - 12/1/2007 - The top-ranked Union University Lady Bulldogs improved to 10-0 on the season with a 93-79 win over No. 24 Westminster College (Utah) on Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City. Union is 10-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season when the Lady Bulldogs started 17-0. That season, Union won the first of two straight national titles and third overall.
After a dismal shooting night in the first game of the Westminster Classic on Friday night (Union def. Rocky Mountain College 68-67), the Lady Bulldogs flexed their shooting muscle with 52-percent shooting from the field, including 60-percent from behind the arc in the game. Union made 5-of-10 three pointers in the first half and 10-of-15 in the second half. In the win over Rocky Mountain one night earlier, Union made just 5-of-22 for the game.
Union scored early and often as they jumped out to a 31-19 lead just over the halfway point of the first half. Union held the lead for the entire game, posting a nine-point (43-34) advantage at the half.
In the second half, Union again came out hot by posting a 20-6 run to put the game out of reach at 66-40 at the 13:41 mark in the second half. Over the next 11-plus minutes of play, Union maintained the big lead, not allowing a determined Westminster team to make a run. Union took their biggest lead of 27 points, (90-63), with just 2:26 left after a three-pointer by Merideth Richardson Jacobs. Westminster made a late push to cut their final deficit to just 14 points, but the damage by the Union Lady Bulldogs on this night was just too much for the home team.
Union was led by sophomore All-American Dudley with 26 points, including 6-of-7 from behind the arc. Josephine Owino and Latoya Bellamy each added 16 points. Jacobs added 14 points on 4-of-7 three-pointers. Crystal Eason, who was held scoreless in the first half, came out strong with nine points, on three 3-pointers in the second half to spark the Lady Bulldogs game-clinching run.
Westminster (9-2) was led by Shannon Evans with 23 points, Elisa Leader added 20 points, and Mara Hoskins scored 12 points.
Union should maintain their No. 1 ranking with a 10-0 record as the next ranking will be released on Wednesday, December 5. Up next for Union will host Temple Baptist College (Ohio) on December 14 in their final game before the Christmas break.
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