McKENZIE, Tenn. - 1/29/2009 - The No. 1 ranked Union University Lady Bulldogs held off a tough Bethel (Tenn.) College team 88-78 to improve to 20-1 on the season. Union also maintained a perfect TranSouth Conference record at 8-0 with the win. Bethel dropped to 14-7 overall and 5-4 in league play.
Union scored the first four points of the game, before jumping out to a 12-4 lead with 14:14 left to play in the first half. Bethel, in front of a packed house in their home gym, rallied to cut the Union lead down to just one point, 15-14 at the 10:51 mark. Bethel then posted a 17-12 run to take a 31-27 lead with 3:16 left in the half. However, the top-ranked Lady Bulldogs rattled off an 11-1 run to close out the half with a 38-32 lead.
Bethel scored first in the second half, cutting Union’s lead down to just four points. But that was as close as the Lady Wildcats would get. Union ran out to their biggest lead of the game at 73-56 with 8:30 left in the game. The Lady Bulldogs, who made just 1-of-6 three pointers in the first half, made 7-of-10 shots from behind the arc in the second half. Bethel cut the lead down to eight points, 86-78 in the final minute, before Union closed out the win, 88-78.
Union was outrebounded for only the second time all season, 39-30, but the Lady Bulldogs committed only 11 turnovers in the contest. Bethel attempted 32 free throws, making 21, while Union was just 4-of-8 from the free throw line.
Union was led by Kaitlin Dudley with 30 points, including 4-of-9 from behind the arc. Josephine Owino added 15 points, while Merideth Jacobs scored 11 points. Union shot 56-percent from the field, including 50-percent (8-16) from behind the arc, and 50-percent (4-8) from the free throw line.
Bethel was led Tristen Johnson with 17 points, including 5-of-5 from the three point line. Nina Djokovic added 13 points and Teena Carter scored 11 points. Bethel shot 40-percent from the field, 50-percent (7-14) from behind the arc, and 65-percent (21-32) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be their third road game in a five-road game stretch. The Lady Bulldogs travel to Lyon (Ark.) College for a 2:00 pm game on Saturday, January 31.
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