JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/12/2009 - The No. 1 ranked Union University Lady Bulldogs defeated Cumberland (Tenn.) University 96-45 to sweep the season series. The Lady Bulldogs of Union are now 23-1 overall and remain perfect in league play with an 11-0 record. With the loss, Cumberland falls to 7-19 on the year and 3-10 in the TranSouth Conference.
Union controlled the pace of the game from the tip. Union's Kaitlin Dudley drained a three pointer in the Lady Bulldog's first possession of the game. With the bucket Dudley passed the 1,500 point mark for her career. Union continued to stretch their lead, going up by as many as 36 points, 47-11, with just over two minutes left until the break. The Lady Bulldogs of Union settled for a 33-point halftime advantage, 49-16.
The second half continued just as the first, with Union in control. Union stretched its lead to as many as 53 points, 96-43, with just under 3 minutes to go in the contest, before settling for a final score of 96-45.
Union was led on the night by Dudley with a game-high 19 points. Zeinab Chan recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Lavanda Ross added 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs of Union, while Merideth Jacobs, Josephine Owino, and Ashley Lillard added 10 points each.
Cumberland was led by Chaquaila Gaten with 15 points.
Union will be returning home for their next match up, after sweeping a 5-game road swing. The Lady Bulldogs will face Lambuth (Tenn.) University Saturday, Feb. 14 at Fred DeLay Gymnasium. The game will tip off at 2 pm, to be followed by the men's game at 4 pm.
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