JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/19/2006 - Playing their first conference game of the season, the Union Lady Bulldogs traveled to Nashville for a match up between two NAIA Top-5 Teams. Union came up just short as No. 3 Trevecca Nazarene defeated the No. 5 Lady Bulldogs 72-66. Union falls to 13-4 overall and 0-1 in TranSouth play, while Trevecca Nazarene remained perfect on the season at 19-0 overall and 3-0 in league play.
Union trailed for the entire game until they battled back to tie the contest at 66-66 with just over a minute remaining. The largest first half deficit for Union was 10 points at 25-15. Union rallied to pull to within four points as they trailed 32-28 at halftime. In the second half, it was much of the same as Trevecca Nazarene held the lead to around five points, until mid-way through, the Lady Trojans stretched the lead to 60-49 with seven minutes left. Union then went on a 17-6 run to tie the game at 66-66 with 1:12 seconds left. However, that would be as far as the Lady Bulldogs would get as Trevecca Nazarene scored the final six points to earn the win.
In the game, Trevecca won the game from the free throw line as they made 24-of-34 free throws, compared to Union's 4-of-7 free throws. Union made just 6-of-23 three pointers (26 percent) while Trevecca Nazarene made 4-of-8 (50 percent). Union forced 23 Lady Trojan turnovers while committing just 14.
Union was led by Tiffany Fisher with 17 points. Ena Daniels added 14 points, Natanya Smith scored 13 points, Jennifer Henson added 12 points. Trevecca Nazarene was led by Ashlee Gilland with 19 points, on 13-of-14 free throws. Kristen Archee added 14 points, Mariska Reed and Jackie Weaver each scored 10 points. Weaver also added 14 rebounds.
Up next for Union will be a home game versus Blue Mountain College (Miss.) on Saturday at 2:00 pm.
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