SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - 11/28/2008 - The topped ranked Union University Lady Bulldogs remained perfect as they held off No. 16 The Master's College Mustangs, 85-76. Union moved to 10-0 on the season, while The Master's fell to 5-3 on the year.
The Master's started strong as they maintained a lead on the No. 1 ranked Lady Bulldogs through the first 10 minutes of play. Union however was able to take their first lead at the 10 minute mark, 22-21. The teams went back and forth for the remained of the first half, with Union holding a 39-38 lead at the break. This marked the closest that any team had been to Union at the break.
In the second half, the play remained mostly the same as both teams swapped leads early in the half. However, midway through the second half, a basket by Union's Josephine Owino, followed by three pointers from Kaitlin Dudley, Merideth Jacobs, and Kayla Hudson put Union up by 12 points, 68-56. Union led by as many as 13 points, 72-59 with 5:43 left to play.
The Master's didn't go away as the Mustangs pulled to within seven points in the final three minutes of play. The Master's had the ball, trailing by just seven, but missed a three pointer to cut the lead even closer. Union made 14-of-17 free throws in the game to seal the win, 85-76.
Union was led by Merideth Jacobs with 19 points, including five three pointers. Josephine Owino recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kaitlin Dudley added 18 points, Zeinab Chan scored 14 points, and Kayla Hudson finished with 10 points. Union shot 46-percent from the field, 39-percent (9-23), and 82-percent (14-17) from the free throw line.
The Master's was led by Stacy Nanninga with 27 points. Annie Gillespie added 15 points and Amanda Durocher scored 11 points. The Mustangs shot 46-percent from the field, 20-percent (4-20) from behind the arc, and 80-percent (8-10) form the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a No. 1 versus No. 2 match up at Vanguard (Calif.) University on Saturday, November 29 at 9:30 pm central time.
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