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No. 2 Union rallies to win 55-50 at Oklahoma Baptist

LaTesa McLaughlin

SHAWNEE, Okla. - 11/25/2011 - The No. 2 ranked Union University women’s basketball team posted a 55-50 win at Oklahoma Baptist University Friday afternoon. Union survived the upset bid to remain perfect on the season at 8-0. Oklahoma Baptist dropped to 2-4 on the season.

Union trailed by eight points at the half, 23-15 and by as many as 13 points in the second half before rallying for the win.

After a 2-2 start to the game, Oklahoma Baptist jumped out to a 9-2 lead and maintained a lead for the entire first half. Union managed just 15 points in the first half.

Despite the lack of offense, Union’s defense continued to play strong. Union is allowing just 52 points per game on the season.

In the second half, Oklahoma Baptist continued to hold and lead and with 13:20 left to play, led by their largest margin of 37-24.

However, after scoring just 24 points in the first 27 minutes of play, Union began to make shots. Union posted a 21-7 run over the next eight minutes to lead 45-44. The run was capped off by a 3-point play from Adnike Dawodu. Union held Oklahoma Baptist scoreless for a five minute stretch during that run.

Union trailed one more time momentarily 46-45, but following a three pointer from LaTesa McLaughlin, Union took the lead for good. Union sank 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

Union was led by the reigning TranSouth Player of the Week, Lavanda Ross, with 26 points. She has scored at least 25 points in four of her last five games. McLaughlin added 10 points while Amy Philamlee scored nine points. Union shot just 28 percent from the field and 20 percent (5-25) from behind the arc. However, Union was 4-of-7 from three point range in the second half. Union added 75 percent (18-24) from the free throw line in the game.

Oklahoma Baptist was led by Lillian Prince with 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field. Bridget Reynolds added 13 points for the Lady Bison. Oklahoma Baptist shot 38 percent from the field, 27 percent (4-15) from long range and 61 percent (8-13) from the free throw line.

Up next for Union will be a No. 2 versus No. 3 battle when the Lady Bulldogs face Oklahoma City Saturday at 1:00 p.m.


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