HENDERSON, Tenn. - 1/16/2010 - The No. 1 Union (Tenn.) University Lady Bulldogs overcame an early deficit to win 87-63 at No. 6 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University. Union improved to 17-1 overall and 4-0 in the TranSouth. Freed-Hardeman (13-2, 1-1) dropped just their second game of the season.
This win for Union extend several streaks for the Lady Bulldogs including their 10th straight win on the season and 39th straight TranSouth regular season victory.
The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions came out making shots as they pulled out to an 18-9 lead with 72 percent shooting over the first seven minutes of play. Union slowly started to make shots with Sara Chan and Lavanda Ross leading the way. The two combined for 25 of Union’s 38 first half points.
After starting the game 0-of-8 from 3-point range, senior guard Jessica Graves tied the game at 26-26 with Union’s first 3-pointer of the afternoon. The two teams swapped leads and baskets over the final five minutes of the first half before the buzzer sounded with Union leading 38-37.
In the second half, the Lady Lions came out hot again, going on a 7-2 run to start the half. But Union again rallied. Union’s Kaitlin Dudley sank a 3-pointer with 16:48 left put Union up 47-46. A quick answer by Freed-Hardeman’s Tara Deatheridge put the Lady Lions back up by one, 48-47. However, a second straight 3-pointer from Dudley gave Union the lead for good. Dudley finished with 17 points, 15 coming in the second half.
Union maintained a single digit lead and with 9:44, led 61-55. Union then put the game away with a 26-4 run to take an 87-59 lead with 1:09 left. The 28 point advantage was the largest of the game for Union. Freed-Hardeman scored four points in the final minute to set the final at 87-63.
Union was led by Jackson native Ross with a game-high 24 points. Chan finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season. Dudley’s 17 points and Graves’ 11 points rounded out the double figure scoring. Union shot 54 percent from the field, 31 percent (5-16) from behind the arc and 67 percent (6-9) from the free-throw line.
Union committed just 11 turnovers to 17 by Freed-Hardeman. Union also dominated the glass with a 40-22 rebounding edge, including 18-5 on the offensive boards.
Freed-Hardeman was also led with four players in double figures paced by Deatheridge and Meribeth Boehler with 11 points each. Natalie Shumpert and Jana Cross each added 10 points. The Lady Lions shot 47 percent from the field, 29 percent (4-14) from behind the arc and made 11-of-11 free throws. Freed-Hardeman made 2-of-4 3-pointers in the first seven minutes, but managed just 2-of-10 for the remainder of the game.
Union will look to extend their 52-game home winning streak on Monday when they host conference foe Mid-Continent (Ky.) University at 6:00 p.m.
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