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No. 1 Union tops Cumberland, clinches share of TranSouth title


Ashley Lilliard

JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/15/2010 - The No. 1 Union (Tenn.) University women’s basketball team pulled away for a 77-50 win over Cumberland (Tenn.) University on Monday night. With the win, Union clinched at least a share of the TranSouth Conference regular season title. This marks 12 regular season titles, including a share in 2004, in the 14-year history of the league.

Union also improved their home court winning streak to 57 games, their TranSouth regular season winning streak to 48 and their overall winning streak to 19 games.

Union scored the game’s first points on a basket from Lavanda Ross to give the Lady Bulldogs a lead they never lost. Cumberland, as in the first meeting of the year, stayed close with Union throughout the first half. The lead was under 10 points until the 6:42 mark of the first half with Ross put Union up 29-19. Union led by as many as 12 points on five occasions, including the 40-28 halftime score.

Unlike the game in Lebanon that Union survived 69-63, Union pulled away in the second half tonight. Union opened the half with an 18-6 run to take a 24 point lead, 58-34, at the 12:26 mark. Union kept the lead over 20 points, pushing to their largest margin of 29 points, 74-45, at the 2:44 mark. Union finished with the 77-50 win.

Union was led by Ross with 19 points. Sara Chan and Kaitlin Dudley added 14 points each, while Jessica Graves scored 10 points. Ashley Lillard grabbed 10 rebounds in the contest. Union shot 44 percent from the field, 22 percent (4-18) from behind the arc and 71 percent (17-24) from the free-throw line. Only three times has Union shot worse that 22 percent from 3-point range this season. One of those was the 21 percent versus Cumberland in the previous meeting.

Cumberland was led by Allysia Bailey with 20 points and was the only player in double figures. Cumberland shot 40 percent from the field, 50 percent (6-12) from behind the arc and 60 percent (6-10) from the free-throw line.

Up next for Union will be a road game at Mid-Continent (Ky.) on 6:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18. A win will clinch the out-right title for Union.

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