JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/7/2009 - The No. 1 Union University Lady Bulldogs topped the University of St. Francis (Ill.) 75-54 at Union’s Homecoming on Saturday. Union improved to 3-0 on the season. St. Francis, who is receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason rankings, dropped to 1-2.
Union senior guard and the TranSouth Conference Preseason Player of the Year, Kaitlin Dudley, scored a game-high 29 points, including four-of-six three pointers.
Union led by as many as 28 points late in the contest, before St. Francis cut the deficit to 17 points in the final minutes.
St. Francis jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Union answered with an 8-2 run capped off by a Lavanda Ross three pointer to take the lead that Union never relinquished. Union led by as many as 16 points, 33-17, in the first half, before taking a 39-25 lead into the break.
Union pushed their second half lead up to 28 points, 62-34, with 10:44 left in the game. A 16-5 run by St. Francis over the next six minutes, cut the deficit to 17 points. However, Union extended the final score to 21 points at 75-54.
Union was led by Dudley’s 29 points, a season high for the senior. Jackson native Lavanda Ross scored 16 points while Zeinab Chan recorded her second double-double in three games with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Union had a rare low shooting performance, making just 46 percent from the field, including just 25 percent (6-24) from three point range. Union made 11-of-17 free throws for 65 percent.
St. Francis was led by Anna Sears with 16 points, Kacie Baird with 12 points and Jaqie Storm with 10 points. The Saints shot 33 percent from the field, 24 percent (4-17) from behind the arc and 67 percent (6-9) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a tough road trip on Monday, November 9 when the Lady Bulldogs travel to the No. 12 ranked University of the Cumberlands (Ky.).
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