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Union Sweeps Lambuth in Basketball Double-Header

JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/8/2005 - Union University's Fred DeLay Gymansium was packed and loud on Tuesday as both the Union Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs had their way with crosstown foes, Lambuth University. The Lady Bulldogs, who remained ranked No. 7 in this week's poll, topped Lambuth 71-38. Union's men, ranked No. 18 in this week's poll, were just as dominate with an 85-61 win.

Earlier this season at Lambuth, the Union Lady Bulldogs topped Lambuth 71-51, however, Union's men fell to Lambuth 77-76 on a last second shot.

The Lady Bulldogs held Lambuth to just 12 first half points with an inspired defense. Union led 34-12 at the break. In the second half, Union outscored Lambuth 37-26 as they pulled away for the 71-38 win. Union was led by Stephanie Clark with her NAIA leading 17th double-double of the season. She tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds. Tiffany Fisher and Natanya Smith added 12 and 10 points respectively. Eleven Lady Bulldogs scored in this game. Union shot .531 from the field including .375 (6-16) from behind the arc. Against Union's tight defense, Lambuth managed just .286 shooting from the field including .188 (3-16) from behind the arc.

In the men's game, Union jumped out early in the game and never looked back as they took a 43-25 halftime lead. Union added 42 more points in the second half to earn the 85-61 win. This marks just the third time this season (24 games) that Union has scored over 80 points in a game. Union is averaging just 71 points per game, but has been know for the conference leading defense to earn their wins. Tonight, six Union players scored in double-figures led by sophomore Pierry Valmera with 23 points. Corey Burkett added 13 points and Ben Frederick scored 11 points, while Bruno Martinessi, Michael Palmer, and Rod Ross each tallied 10 points. Palmer recorded a double-double with 13 rebounds to compliment his 10 points. Union shot .516 from the field, inlcuding .389 (7-18) from behind the arc. Lambuth shot just .410 from the field and .261 (6-23) from behind the arc.


Steven Aldridge
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