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No. 2 Union clinches sixth straight TranSouth regular season title


Emily Sissom

JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/18/2012 - The No. 2 Union University women’s basketball team posted an 80-33 win over Blue Mountain (Miss.) College in the final regular season home game of the year. In doing so, Union clinched their sixth straight TranSouth Regular Season Title and 14th in the 16-year history of the league. Union will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and will host all three games should they advance to the finals.

The win for Union (27-2, 14-1 TranSouth) was their 11th straight win and consecutive win No. 38 at home.

Blue Mountain (4-21, 1-13 TranSouth) opened the game with a three pointer from Katie Prince. The Lady Toppers stayed hot early and at the 17:13 mark, led 8-2. The Lady Toppers led by six again at 10-4, before Union began to rally. Union posted an 11-0 run to take a 15-10 lead and the Lady Bulldogs did not look back. Union led by as many as 20 in the first half, before taking the 41-23 lead into the locker room.

Union opened the second half much different than the first. Union posted a 16-0 run to start the half as Blue Mountain went just over seven minutes without scoring. Union stretched their lead to as many as 49 points in the second half, 78-29.

The 33 points allowed by Union was the second fewest of the season (32 vs. Rust, 11/29/11). Union has held six of their last eight opponents to less than 50 points. Union is allowing just 51.8 points per game which is No. 5 in the NAIA.

Union was led by Lavanda Ross with 18 points. Emily Sissom added 12 points on four 3-pointers, Astrid Huttemann scored 11 points, while Mildred Olumasi and Mrashi Karumba each added 10 points. Union shot 37 percent from the field, 26 percent (9-35) from 3-point range, and 88 percent (15-17) from the free throw line.

Blue Mountain was led by Prince with nine points and nine rebounds. The Lady Toppers shot 22 percent from the field, 13 percent (3-23) from long range and 80 percent (8-10) form the free throw line.

Up next for Union will be the final regular season game of the year at Trevecca Nazarene, Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m.

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