COSTA MESA, Calif. - 11/29/2008 - The No. 1 ranked Union University Lady Bulldogs used a strong second half to pull away for a 90-75 win at No. 2 Vanguard (Calif.) University. Union, now 11-0 on the season, will keep the top spot in the new NAIA rankings coming out on Tuesday. Vanguard dropped to 5-1 on the season.
After knocking off No. 16 The Master’s (Calif.) College on the previous evening, Union opened the NAIA’s featured game to this point in the season with strong play. Union jumped out to an early lead, holding off all attempts from Vanguard to take the lead. With 4:39 left in the first half, Union had stretched their lead 12 points at 30-18. However, Vanguard quickly answered as they closed the first half with a 20-8 run to tie the game, 38-38 going into the break.
In the second half, Union again started the scoring with a three pointer from Kayla Hudson. Union’s lead remained between one and four points over the first four minutes of the second half. At that point, Union started to pull away as they slowly stretched their lead to 17 points, 86-68, with just over three minutes to play. Union’s biggest lead of the game was 17 points, before settling for the 90-75 win.
Union was led by Josephine Owino with 28 points and nine rebounds. Kaitlin Dudley added 17 points including 3-of-6 three pointers. Lavanda Ross made three from behind the arc, helping her to 13 points. Kayla Hudson added 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from three point range, while Merideth Jacobs added 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
Vanguard was led by Diana Neves with 23 points, including five three pointers. Rachel Copeland added 22 points, while Lauren Gregory led with a game high 10 rebounds.
Union shot 56-percent from the field, including 54-percent (14-26) from behind the arc, and 67-percent (8-12) from the free throw line.
Vanguard posted 39-percent shooting from the field, 32-percent (10-31) from three point range, and 85-percent (11-13) from the free throw line.
Vanguard committed just four turnovers in the game, to Union’s 11. Union won the rebound battle over Vanguard, 41-33.
Up next for Union will be their TranSouth Conference opener at home on Thursday, December 4 at 6:00 pm versus Bethel (Tenn.) College.
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