JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/27/2010 - The No. 1 Union (Tenn.) University women’s basketball team posted a 91-62 win over Tougaloo (Miss.) College. Union improved to 7-0 on the season, while Tougaloo dropped to 4-7 overall.
Senior All-Americans Kayla Hudson and Zeinab Chan, along with junior All-American Lavanda Ross provided almost 70 percent of the Union offense in the win. The trio posted 63 of Union’s 91 points. Hudson's seven three pointers was just three off the school record of 10 held by Crystal Eason (2006) and Mary Catharine Way (2002).
For Union, this was just their third game of the season versus a team that was not either ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA preseason rankings. All five of Union’s remaining non-conference games are against teams that are in the preseason polls. Union will play seven of the remaining nine top-10 teams, including three of the top-5. Union is already 4-0 this season against ranked teams.
The first five minutes of play produced two ties and three lead changes as Union tried to shake off the rust from a week off. At the 14:49 mark, the game was tied 12-12. Hudson sank one of her seven three pointers to give Union the lead for good. That shot also sparked a 17-7 run that pushed the Union lead up to 10 points. Tougaloo kept the game close for the remainder of the half, cutting the deficit down to just three points, 34-31 with 2:28 left. However, Union scored the final seven points of the half to lead 41-31 at the break.
In the second half, Union pushed the lead out to 16 points at the 14:18 mark, 52-36. Tougaloo posted a 7-0 run to cut the Union lead to just nine points. However, a quick basket from Chan on the next possession put Union back up by double-digits. Union extended the lead up to 27 points, 74-47, with 7:24 left in the game. Union would lead by as many as 31 points, before taking the 91-62 final.
Union was led by Chan with 22 points and seven rebounds in the game. Hudson added 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from three-point range, while Ross added 20 points. Beatrice Duol scored 10 points off the bench. Union shot 57 percent from the field, 42 percent (11-26) from behind the arc and 83 percent (10-12) from the free throw line.
Tougaloo was led by Victoria Jones with a game-high 23 points, while Erica Grayson scored 13 points. Tougaloo shot 41 percent from the field, 37 percent (7-19) from behind the arc and 69 percent (11-16) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be an NAIA top-10 match-up at No. 7 Lee (Tenn.) on Monday, November 29 at 5:00 p.m. central time.
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