NASHVILLE, Tenn. - 3/3/2010 - Union (Tenn.) University senior guard Kaitlin Dudley has been named the 2010 TranSouth Conference women’s basketball player of the year. Union head coach Mark Campbell was named the coach of the year for the fourth straight season and sixth time overall.
The awards come after Union’s fourth straight TranSouth regular season title and third straight season with a prefect conference record. Union has also held the NAIA No. 1 ranking for 36 straight polls, spanning each poll over the last three seasons.
Dudley’s player of the year honor marks the third straight for Union and the ninth in the 14-year history of the league.
In addition to Dudley, three other Union players were named first team all-conference performers. Sara Chan, Kayla Hudson and Lavanda Ross. All four of these players for Union are former members of the TranSouth All-Freshman team during their respective freshman seasons. This marks the first time since 2004 that Union has not had a player on the all-freshman team.
Dudley, a 5-foot-10 Bradford, Tenn. native and former Gibson County High School standout, earns her first player of the year honor. She has been named to the all-conference team in each of her four years at Union. Dudley leads Union with 16.5 points per game and averages 4.4 rebounds per game. She leads Union with 70 made three pointers and is shooting a team high .422 from long range. Earlier this season, she passed the 2,000 point mark for her career and also moved into third place on Union all-time scoring list with 2,253 points entering the conference tournament.
Chan, a 6-foot-4 junior from Sudan, earns her first all-conference honor. Chan is second on Union’s team with 15.3 points per game and leads the team with 9.2 rebounds per game. She also leads Union with 92 made free throws and 183 made field goals.
Hudson, a 5-foot-8 junior from Gleason, Tenn., makes the all-conference team for the third time in her career at Union. She leads the NAIA with a 3.2 assists-to-turnover ratio. She is tops on Union’s team with 136 assists and is currently 11 assists shy of the all-time career assists mark at Union. She is averaged 11.3 points per game and has made 68 three pointers at a 41 percent clip.
Ross, a 5-foot-8 sophomore from Jackson, Tenn., earns her first all-conference honor. She is third on the team with 13.5 points per game. She also averages 4.1 rebounds and has 84 assists on the season, good for second on the team. She leads all NAIA guards with a .584 field goal percentage and is No. 5 in the NAIA overall.
Union is the No. 1 seed in this week’s TranSouth Conference Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs will host each game they play as the top season with the first game being played on Wednesday, March 03 at 7:00 p.m. versus Cumberland (Tenn.) University. The semifinals are Friday, March 5 and the finals are Monday, March 8.