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Lady Bulldog Basketball vs. McKendree University (Ill.)

Wed, March 13, 2002  8:30 p.m.  Jackson, TN
Oman Arena
Union Result: W 99-63
NAIA National Tournament

UNION UNIVERSITY (TN) BEGINS RUN FOR NATIONAL TOURNAMENT TITLE WITH A 99-63 WIN OVER McKENDREE UNIVERSITY (IL)

JACKSON, Tenn. – Hoping to duplicate their accomplishment of 1998, the No. 3 seed Lady Bulldogs of Union University advanced to second-round action in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship by eliminating the Bearcats of McKendree 99-63.

Capitalizing on 63.9% field-goal shooting, including 10 of 16 (71.4) from beyond the three-point line, Union (33-3) expanded a 50-23 halftime advantage to advance to the tournament's second round where they will face the winner of the Life (Ga.) and Cumberland (Ky.) game at  8:00 p.m. CST at Oman Arena..

Sophomore forward Jessica Henson led a balanced attack pumping in 18 points while pulling down five caroms to go along with five steals.  Cristal Merriweather, a sophomore guard, chipped in with 16 points, while Mary Beth Haltom and Tashekia Brown added 15 points and 12 points respectively.  Senior forward Tonya Tuggles pulled down a game-high seven rebounds with Union winning the rebounding battle by a 40-26 count.  Every Lady Bulldogs saw action in the game with a total of 11 players making it into the scoring column.

Niamh Dwyer, a freshman guard, led McKendree (20-16) with 18 points and Lauren Dunseath, a junior forward, added 14.  Kristin Hustedde was credited with six assists while Jackie Shubert pulled down a team high five rebounds.

The win gives Union a 28-11 overall record in NAIA National Tournament action as they compete in their 11th straight National Tournament.  The Lady Bulldogs have participated in four NAIA National Tournament Semifinals (1993-96-97-98) while advancing to the Championship Game on two occasions.  

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