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Top-seeded Union overcomes slow start to advance with 80-47 win


Shelby Ashcraft

JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/28/2012 - The No. 2 Union University women’s basketball team defeated Blue Mountain (Miss.) College 80-47 Tuesday night. Union improved to 29-2 on the season, while Blue Mountain ends their season at 4-24.

The win for Union was their 13 straight on the season and was also their 39th straight home victory. Union advances to the semifinals of the TranSouth Conference Tournament Friday, March 2. Union will face Bethel at 7:00 p.m.

Union scored first with a basket from Lavanda Ross to start the game. However, Blue Mountain scored the next seven points and then pushed their lead to as many as nine points, 17-8, with 13:21 left in the half.

Union then responded with an 11-0 run regain the lead at 19-17. Union trailed again at 22-21 with 7:03 left in the half, but then closed the half with a 14-2 run to lead 35-24 at the break.

In the second half, Union led by as many as 36 points before taking the 80-47 final.

Union was led by the TranSouth Newcomer of the Year, Shelby Ashcraft with 22 points, a new career high at Union. Mildred Olumasi scored 12 points while Ross added 10 points. Rebecca Sharpe dished out 10 assists in the game, and scored nine points, all coming on three consecutive 3-pointers on three straight Union possessions in the second half. Emily Sissom added nine points on three 3-pointers. Union shot 41 percent from the field, 29 percent (9-31) from long range, and 83 percent (15-18) from the free throw line.

Blue Mountain was led by Jessi Hayles with 19 points, including four 3-pointers. Amber Johnson added 13 points. The Lady Toppers shot 30 percent from the field, 23 percent (5-22) from behind the arc, and 74 percent (1-19) from the free throw line.

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