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After trailing Union for almost 29 minutes, Vanderbilt rallies for win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - 10/30/2009 - The Union University Lady Bulldogs led by as many as 13 points at Vanderbilt (Tenn.) University, however fell to the Commodores 69-48 in an exhibition game in Nashville.

Union led 30-27 at the half, but was doomed by poor shooting in the second half.

Union led 23-10 in the first half for their biggest lead of the game. However, foul trouble to Union’s post players limited the action of Union’s inside game. Vandy slowly crept back into the contest cutting the lead down to just three at the break.

In the second half, Union held off the Vandy team but at the 12:21 mark, Vanderbilt took their first lead of the contest, 39-37. Union went completely cold in the second half, shooting just 2-of-26 from the field in the final 20 minutes and not making a field goal for the final 15:49 of play. Union was 0-of-18 from three in the second half, after making 6-of-13 in the first half.

Vandy took the lead for good, 43-41 at the 10:32 mark of the second half. From that point on, Union just had nothing left in the tank as Vanderbilt outscored Union 28-7 over the final 10-plus minutes of play.

Union was led by led by Kayla Hudson with 19 points and was the only Union player in double figures. Jessica Graves added nine points and Kaitlin Dudley scored seven points. Union shot 24 percent (12-51) from the field, 19 percent (6-31) from three and 72 percent (18-25) from behind the arc.

Vandy was led by Jence Rhoads and Tiffany Clarke with 15 points each. The Commodores shot 37 percent from the field (26-69), 29 percent from three point range (5-18) and 52 percent from the free throw line (12-23).

Up next for Union will be their first game of the season on Monday night, November 2 at home when No.1 Union welcomes No. 14 Columbia (Mo.) College for a 7:00 p.m. game.


Steven Aldridge
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