JACKSON, Tenn. - 12/6/2007 - The Union University Lady Bulldogs remained the No.1 ranked team in the NAIA in the latest national rankings as a unanimous choice. The Union Bulldogs dropped three spots to No. 22 after a tough loss to the current No. 1 ranked team, Mountain State University (W. Va.).
Union’s women, who are now 10-0 on the season, have posted this perfect record with wins over five teams currently ranked or receiving votes in the rankings. Included in those five wins are victories over No. 4 Lee (Tenn.) and No. 8 The Master’s (Calif.).
The Lady Bulldogs continue to be led by junior center Josephine Owino. She currently ranks No. 1 in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.703), No. 2 in blocks (2.9), No. 6 in points per game (21.5), and No. 14 in total rebounds per game (8.9). Sophomore guard Kaitlin Dudley ranks No. 4 in the NAIA in free throw percentage (.923) and No. 18 in points per game (17.6). Freshman guard Kayla Hudson ranks No. 2 in assists per game (7.9), No. 5 in assists/turnover ration (4.4), and No. 7 in free throw percentage (.900). Senior guard Crystal Eason is averaging 12.7 points per game and is leading Union 21 made three pointers on the season.
On the men’s side, Union has started the year with a 4-3 record with all three losses coming to teams ranked in the top 25 (No. 1 Mountain State 100-89, No. 4 Oklahoma Baptist 88-82 OT, and No. 21 William Carey 98-97 OT). Union has only played one team this season that is not ranked in the current NAIA Top 25. Of Unions four wins, three have come versus teams in the top 25, including a win over No. 6 Campbellsville. Union still has three games left before conference play starts, including Lindsey Wilson (receiving votes), Mobile, and at No. 1 Mountain State. In the TranSouth, currently five teams are ranked (Trevecca Nazarene at No. 7, Lambuth at No. 13, Martin Methodist at No. 20, Union at No. 22, and Freed-Hardeman receiving votes.
The Bulldogs are led by an offense that ranks No. 1 in the NAIA in three pointers made per game (13.7). Junior guard Matt Neaville ranked No. 1 in the NAIA with 31.0 points and 6.9 three pointers per game. Senior forward Ryan Merriman ranks No. 1 in the NAIA with 5.0 offensive rebounds per game and No. 2 with 11.1 total rebounds per game. Tony Brown ranks No. 9 in the NAIA with a .556 three point percentage.
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