JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/3/2008 - Union University senior and former Scotts Hill High School standout Crystal Eason will have her jersey retired on Friday, January 4 at Scotts Hill High School. Eason has been a four-year starter for the Union Lady Bulldogs after graduating from Scotts Hill in 2004.
The ceremony will take place prior to the game when Scotts Hill hosts Riverside at 6:30 pm on Friday night.
“This is a great honor and I’m very excited to have been a part of Scotts Hill basketball history,” states Eason. “It has been a privilege to be able to play for two great coaches in Coach Chandler and Coach Campbell during my basketball career. I’ve enjoyed my time here at Union, including being able to compete for national championships every year. Winning the national title as both a freshman and sophomore was an added bonus.”
Eason, Union’s lone season on this year’s team, has sparked the Lady Bulldog to the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA with a perfect 11-0 record going into Saturday’s game at Bethel College (Tenn.). She has improved her scoring in each of the four years at Union. As a freshman, she posted 5.9 points per game, followed by 8.3 as a sophomore, 10.6 as a junior, and now 12.3 as a senior. Her 85 made three pointers last season as a junior for Union led the team.
Union head coach Mark Campbell says of Eason, "Crystal has been one of the most consistent players I have ever had in my nine years. She gives everything she has to be the best she can be whether on the court or in the classroom. Every year she has improved on her weaknesses and has left her mark on the Lady Bulldog basketball program. She has represented our program well on and off the floor."
Eason’s career at Union has seen numerous highlights. In her first three years at Union, she helped lead the team to three straight NAIA National Tournament Fab Fours, including back-to-back National Titles in 2005 and 2006. Last season, Union won their ninth TranSouth Conference Regular Season Title and eighth Tournament Title in the league’s 11-year history.
Eason has received numerous honors during her time at Union. She was named to the TranSouth All-Freshman team and has been selected as an NAIA Scholar Athlete. Eason’s name has also made its way into the Union record books. She shares the school record with 10 three pointers made in one game. She also has three of the top seven three-point percentages in a game for Union, with her highest (.769; 10-13) coming in at No. 3 in her record setting performance versus Blue Mountain in February of 2006.
“Crystal was the most prolific players in the history of girl’s basketball at Scotts Hill”, states Scotts Hill head coach Tracy Chandler. “She could do anything she wanted on the court and was extremely hard to guard.” Eason played for Coach Chandler from fourth grade through her senior season.
Eason played basketball at Scotts Hill High School where she averaged 25 points per game as a senior. While in high school, she was a three-time Miss Basketball Finalist. Eason was an All-State, All-Region, and All-West Tennessee performer each season at Scotts Hill. She started for Scotts Hill as an eighth grader and was named All-District. She also set the Scotts Hill record with 45 points in a game as a sophomore. In her career, Eason scored over 2,900 points which puts her in the top 5 in Tennessee history of 5-on-5 high school basketball.
Chandler adds, “Crystal is an outstanding athlete and person. She is a true leader and is everything a coach could ask for. Over her career, she has been able to raise her level of play higher that that of her opponents and is very dedicated and committed to everything she does.
Eason will graduate from Union University this may with a degree in Sports Medicine.
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