JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/28/2007 - The No. 5 ranked Union University Lady Bulldogs opened play in the TranSouth Conference Tournament with a 113-59 win over Blue Mountain College (Miss.). Union, the regular season champion and No. 1 seed, improved to 25-5 on the season. Blue Mountain, the No. 9 seed, finished the year 8-21.
Union has won 16 of their last 17 games.
After a slow start to the game, Union pulled away in the first half to lead 50-30 at the break. Union committed 13 first half turnovers, with eight of them coming in the first eight minutes. Union, the NAIA’s No. 1 field goal shooting team, shot 51-percent in the first half from the field.
In the second half, Union and Blue Mountain swapped baskets with each team scoring eight points over the first four minutes of play. However, Union then posted a 20-0 run to jump the Union lead to 40 points, 78-38. Union cruised to the quarterfinal win by out scoring Blue Mountain 63-29 over the final 20 minutes. The 63 points in a half was the second highest total for a half this season (65 vs. Mid-Continent on Jan. 11).
Union finished the game shooting 60-percent from the field, including 44-percent (8-18) from behind the arc. Union also shot 80-percent (21-26) from the free throw line.
All nine players for Union scored in the game as the 113 points was the second highest point output of the season (119 vs. Mid-Continent). Union was led by the three first team All-Conference performers on this night. Nataya Smith posted 18 points and 11 rebounds. Josephine Owino added 18 points and nine rebounds, while Kaitlin Dudley scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from three point range. Ena Daniels added 16 points, DJ Sissoko scored 14 points and Crystal Eason added 12 points.
Blue Mountain was led by Lauren Ford and Kelly Yates with 10 points each. Blue Mountain shot 34-percent from the field, 26-percent from behind the arc (7-27), and 91-percent 10-11 from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be game versus cross-town rival Lambuth University on Friday, March 2 in the semifinals. The two teams will square off at 7:00 pm at Union’s Fred DeLay Gymnasium. This will be the third meeting of the year with Union winning the first game at Lambuth 89-69 and Lambuth winning at Union 87-85.
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