JACKSON, Tenn. – March 24, 2009 – Behind 27 points from Josephine Owino, the Union Lady Bulldogs defeated Lambuth University 73-63 Tuesday night to win the NAIA women's basketball national championship in Oman Arena.
Union led by 10 at halftime and Lambuth cut that lead in half in the early second half, but an Owino basket stretched the lead to 39-32. Owino missed the ensuing free throw, but Kaitlin Dudley grabbed the rebound and Union retained possession. After being fouled, Christina Ray made two free throws to put Union back up by nine.
Lambuth cut the lead to six at 43-37, but two consecutive scores by Owino put Union back up by 10. Lambuth never got closer than eight the rest of the night.
Dudley added 18 points for Union, which wins its third national championship in the past five years.
Due to inclement weather, all Union campuses will be closed on Friday, March 6, with all classes canceled.
The wellness center will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., and the aquatic center will be open from 1-3 p.m.
Friday's Preview Day has been canceled.
Brewer Dining Hall will be open from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday. The Lex will be closed. No breakfast will be served.