JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/23/2008 - The Union University Lady Bulldogs remain the NAIA’s No. 1 ranked team in the latest national rankings. Union has held the top spot in each of the six polls this season. The Union men, who received votes this week, are back in the polls after missing the rankings for the first time in 52 straight polls. Prior to last week, the last time Union’s men were not listed in the NAIA rankings was the final poll of 2003.
The Union women have won 38 of their last 40 games dating back to January 11 of last season. Currently, Union is 17-0 overall and 6-0 in the TranSouth. The last time Union started the season 17-0 was the 2004-05 season when Union also started 17-0. Union lost their 18th game that year at home to Trevecca Nazarene 74-64. However, Union went on to win the first of two straight NAIA National Championships in 2005.
Over the last three games, Union has scored an average of 56 points in the first half versus Lambuth, Cumberland, and Martin Methodist. (Lambuth: 53 first half points, 70% FG, 64% 3pt) (Cumberland: 60 1st half points, 67% FG, 58% 3pt) (Martin Methodist: 55 1st half points, 64% FG, 59% 3pt).
Union has made at least 10 three pointers as a team in eight of their last nine games. The only exception was nine made versus Lyon. Union is ranked in the top-7 of the NAIA in all three shooting categories, including No. 1 and No. 2 in field goal and three point percentages respectively. Union is seventh in the NAIA in free-throw percentage.
Union’s men are winners of two straight games, both of which were over ranked teams. After starting the conference season 1-3, Union has pulled even with a 3-3 mark. Of Union's first six conference games, four have been against the top four teams in the league. Of Union’s 16 games on the season, 12 of the 16 teams have been ranked or receiving votes. Union is 9-7 overall and 3-3 in the conference. Union is 6-6 in those 12 games versus ranked teams.
Matt Neaville, led the nation in scoring each week of the season until this past weekend. In Union’s 10 non-conference (of which eight were against ranked teams), Neaville averaged 30.2 points per game. In Union’s six conference games, Neaville is averaging 17.0 points per game. Neaville continues to lead the NAIA with 4.8 three pointers made per game. Union leads the NAIA with 15.6 three pointers made per game. The Bulldogs made at least 10 three pointers in nine of their first 11 games, but not more that ten in any of their past five games.
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