JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/19/2008 - Contact: Joe Reinsch/Steven Aldridge, Media Coordinators (901) 734-1482, email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Perfect Season Continues Through 33 Games For Three-Time NAIA Champion
Seven players reached double figures in scoring to lead No. 1-seeded Union (Tenn.) University past University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, 95-66, in an opening-round contest at the 28th Annual NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship.
Junior center Josephine Owino led the way with a team-high 17 points to go with a game-high 10 rebounds, and sophomore guard Kaitlin Dudley added 15 points for Union, which is making its NAIA-record 17th consecutive national tournament appearance. The victory also gives Union its 54th win in its past 56 games overall, as well as its 14th win in its past 15 national tournament contests.
Union used a 23-7 run to erase an early 10-7 first-half deficit and take a 33-17 lead with 7:44 to play in the first half, and Science & Arts never got closer than 15 points the rest of the way. Another 12-3 run late in the second half gave Union its largest lead of the game at 88-55 with just over three minutes remaining in the game.
Science & Arts was led by junior forward Yesi Castillo’s team-highs of 23 points and nine rebounds, and senior guard Kartesha Rambo was the only other player in double figures with 11 points. The Drovers were held to a 35 percent (24-for-68) shooting effort from the field and they committed 19 turnovers compared to just eight for Union.
Union took advantage of 19 Science & Arts turnovers for a 23-2 advantage in points off turnovers. Freshman guard Kayla Hudson scored 10 points and had a game-high seven assists. Junior guard Jessica Graves and freshman forward Zeinab Chan each tallied 13 points off the bench for Union.
Union improves to 33-0 on the season, advancing to a second-round matchup with The Master’s on Friday at 8 p.m. Science & Arts drops to a final overall record of 17-15.
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