JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/24/2009 - No. 1 Union University Lady Bulldogs clinched their third straight TranSouth regular season title and the 11th regular season title in the 13-year history of the league with an 88-70 win over No. 10 Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) University. Union improved to 27-1 on the season and 14-0 in the TranSouth. Trevecca Nazarene dropped to 21-6 on the season and 10-4 in league play.
In the 13-year history of the TranSouth, Union has 11 titles, while Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) has three titles. The 2004 regular season title was shared as co-champions between Union and Freed-Hardeman.
Also in the victory, Union earned their 38th straight home win and posted their 33rd straight TranSouth regular season win.
Union jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, but saw the Trojans of Trevecca Nazarene rally back to take a 9-6 advantage. However, the deficit for Union was short-lived as Union rattled off a 13-0 run to take a 19-9 lead at the 13:54 mark. Union continued to stretch their lead and with 6:21 left in the half, Union held a 35-19 advantage, their biggest of the half. Union led by 13 points, 49-36 at the break.
The first half for Union was sparked by senior guard Merideth Jacobs who drained 6-of-8 three pointers in the half on her way to 20 points by halftime. Also, senior post player Josphine Owino had already earned a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards at the break.
In the second half, Union pushed the lead back up to 15 points, before Trevecca Nazarene rallied back to cut the Union lead down to just nine points, 57-48 with 14:49 left in the game. But it was Union again with a big run to put the game away. Over the next nine minutes of play, Union outscored the Trojans 22-5 to take their largest lead of 26 points, 79-53. Union coasted down the stretch for the 88-70 final.
Union was led by Jacobs with a game-high and season-high 27 points, including 7-of-11 three pointers. Josephine Owino added 24 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. Her 18 rebounds was just one shy of her career-high of 19 from her freshman season. Kaitlin Dudley added 14 points, while Kayla Hudson scored 10 points.
Union shot 43-percent from the field, 42-percent (11-26) from three-point range, and 79-percent (23-29) from the free throw line. Union outrebounded Trevecca Nazarene 45-31, including 17-10 on the offensive glass.
Trevecca Nazarene was led by Abby Lawson with 24 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Jennifer Bognar added 18 points. The Trojans shot 40-percent from the field, 43-percent (6-14) from behind the arc, and 67-percent (22-33) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a road game at Blue Mountain (Miss.) College on Thursday, February 26.
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