JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/6/2010 - The No. 1 ranked Union (Tenn.) University women’s basketball team posted an 83-57 victory over St. Francis (Ill.) University on Homecoming. Union improved to 2-0 on the season, while St. Francis dropped to 1-2 overall.
Union scored the game’s first six points as they jumped out to an 11-1 lead in the first two-plus minutes of play. A pair of buckets from Zeinab Chan and Lavanda Ross, capped off with a three pointer from Kayla Hudson sparked the Union offense. Union led by as many as 35 points in the first half, 50-15 at the 2:30 mark following a three pointer from freshman Terrah Garner. Union held a 53-22 halftime lead.
In the second half, Union starters did not see much action. Union maintained the large lead, pushing it to as many as 41 points (81-40) with 7:20 left in the game. Over the final seven minute of play, St. Francis outscored Union 17-2 as the Saints cut the final score down to 83-57
Union was led by Chan with a game-high 18 points. Kayla Hudson and Lavanda Ross scored 14 points each. All 11 players for Union scored in the contest. Ross led with seven rebounds and Hudson led with six assists. Union shot 50 percent from the field, 28 percent (5-22) from behind the arc and 67 percent (6-9) from the free throw line.
St. Francis was led by Brandi Pudik with 15 points and Jen Andes with 14 points. Molly Bardson led with six rebounds. St. Francis shot 34 percent from the field, 20 percent (4-20) from behind the arc and 83 percent (25-30) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be two exhibition games at SEC and NCAA powers Tennessee and Vanderbilt on Sunday and Tuesday respectively. Union’s next home game will be Saturday, Nov. 13 versus No. 12 Cumberland (Ky.) at 2:00 p.m.
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