JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/15/2011 - The Union (Tenn.) University women’s basketball team posted a 76-65 win over No. 5 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University in front of a full Fred DeLay Gymnasium Crowd. It was the 10th time in their 17 total games that Union has faced a top-10 opponent at the time of the contest. Union is 5-0 against teams that currently remain in the top-10.
Union extending their winning streak to 22 straight games, going 17-0 overall and 4-0 in league play. Freed-Hardeman dropped to 13-4 on the season and 2-1 in league play.
The win for Union was also their 55th straight TranSouth regular season win and 11th straight home win. The last home loss for Union was a loss to Freed-Hardeman in last season’s conference tournament, snapping a 60-game Union home winning streak.
The game not only featured two of the NAIA’s top-5 teams, but also matched up the nation’s top two scorers. Freed-Hardeman’s Meribeth Boehler entered the game No. 1 in the NAIA in scoring (24.3). Union’s Sarah Chan entered the game second in the nation at 22.6 points per game. Boehler finished with 17 points and four rebounds in 36 minutes of play. Chan finished with 19 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes of play.
Union scored first on a basket from Chan, answered by a basket from Boehler. Chan scored the next two baskets for Union as they took the 6-2 lead. Union pushed their lead up to eight points, 19-11, at the 11:52 mark. Freed-Hardeman rallied with a 14-5 run to take a brief 25-24 lead. Union’s Chan scored next for Union to put the Lady Bulldogs back on top for good. Union extended the lead to five points late in the half, before a three pointer from Natalie Shumpert cut Union’s halftime lead down to 34-32.
In the second half, Union quickly pushed the lead back up to seven points, 41-34, over the first two minutes. The Lady Lions got as close as two points at 43-41 before Union extended their cushion back to eight points, 52-44. Union led by six points, 62-56, late in the half when Kayla Hudson scored two of her game-high 27 points. That basketball sparked a 9-1 Union run that extended their lead to 14 points, 71-57, with three minutes to go. Union made 5-of-7 free throws down the stretch to secure the 76-65 win.
Union was led by Hudson’s 27 points, including four three pointers and seven assists. Chan added 19 points and Lavanda Ross scored 13 points. Hope Adams added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Union shot 48 percent from the field, 26 percent (5-19) from long range and 88 percent (15-17) from the free throw line.
Freed-Hardeman was led by Boehler and Natalie Shumpert with 17 points each. Leslie Morgan added 15 points, including a season high five three pointers. The Lady Lions shot 48 percent from the field, 38 percent (9-24) from three point range and 57 percent (8-14) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a road conference game at Mid-Continent (Ky.) on Monday, January 17. It will be the third game in a stretch of five games in 10 days.
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