JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/8/2010 - Union University Lady Bulldog senior Kaitlin Dudley scored her 2,000th career point in a win over Bethel (Tenn.) University on Thursday, January 7, 2009.
Dudley, a 5-foot-10 guard, needed 19 points entering the game to reach the mark. Her game-high 22 points, including a game winning three-point play with six seconds left, pushed her career mark to 2,003.
“Kaitlin is one of the most competitive players I have ever coached and is the best scoring guard I have coached in my 10-plus years here at Union”, says Union head coach Mark Campbell. “She is a big game player who wants the ball in her hands when it counts.”
“What a great accomplishment and it also attests to the many teammates who have made an effort to get her the ball. It has been a very enjoyable experience for me as her coach to watch her mature in so many ways. She has made a huge impact on our program and will go down as one of the best to play here.”
The former Gibson County High School standout has career numbers to this point that total 2,003 points, 613 rebounds, 404 assists and 182 steals. She has made 266 career three points in 661 attempts (44%). Dudley is averaging 16.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for her career.
Dudley is a three-time NAIA All-American and three-time TranSouth All-Conference performer. She has helped lead her team to three straight NAIA semifinal appearances, including the 2009 NAIA National Title. She has also been a part of three TranSouth Conference titles to this point in her career.
There have only been four others who have reached this milestone in Union’s 38 year history. Dudley trailed all-time points lead, Sandra Fitzgerald’s 2,372 points from 1975-79.
Dudley was named the 2009-10 TranSouth Conference preseason player of the year by the coaches and is averaging 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game this season. She was named the TranSouth player of the week this past week.
Dudley reached the 1,000 mark on February 28, 2008 and then topped 1,500 career points on February 2, 2009.
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