JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/21/2007 - Fresh of their third straight NAIA Fab Four appearance and fourth Fab Four appearance in the last six years, the Union University Lady Bulldogs boasted three players on the NAIA All-American Teams. Sophomore Josephine Owino and senior Natanya Smith each were named second team All-Americans. Freshman standout Kaitlin Dudley was named an honorable mentioned All-American. Each of these players add these honors to their first team All-Conference selections earlier this season.
Owino, a 6-foot-4 sophomore center, earns her first All-American honor. Last season, Owino was named to the NAIA All-Tournament team after leading Union to their second of two straight national titles. This season, Owino ranked No. 4 in the NAIA with a .634 field goal percentage. She also ranked 12th in the nation with 1.6 blocks per game. Owino was third on the Union team with 12.3 points per game. She also averaged 5.9 rebounds per game and played in all 36 team games for Union.
Smith, a 6-foot-2 senior forward from Memphis, also earns her first All-American honor. During her three seasons at Union, Smith has helped lead Union to two national championships and three Fab Four appearances. She led Union with 8.8 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 13.8 points per game. Smith started all 36 team games for Union as a senior. She ranks No. 9 in the NAIA with a .580 field goal percentage and also 15th in the nation with 8.8 rebounds per game.
Dudley, a 5-foot-10 freshman guard from Dyer, Tennessee, continues to rack up the honors after a stellar freshman season. Dudley adds the honorable mentioned All-American honor to her first team All-Conference and All-TranSouth Freshman team selections. Dudley led Union with 14.0 points per game, including a national tournament where she averaged 18.3 points per game to lead Union. She shot 45-percent from three point range (81-180) to lead the team, while her 81 three pointers made was second on the team. Dudley’s 45-percent also puts her 5th in the NAIA in that category.
Union finished the season 30-6 overall which is the team’s seventh straight 30-plus win season and 12th in the past 13 years. The season also included their 16th straight NAIA National Tournament appearance and 18th trip overall. Union captured the 2007 TranSouth Conference regular season and tournament titles for the eighth time in the 11-year history of the conference.
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