JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/23/2010 - Kaitlin Dudley became Union (Tenn.) University’s all-time leader in points with her 21 points the semifinal win in the 2010 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship. Dudley needed just 15 points for the record and now is the most prolific scorer for one of the most storied basketball programs in the NAIA.
Dudley was instrumental in Union rally in the semifinals to advance to their seventh national title game. Dudley’s record-setting basket gave Union their first lead of the second half as they completed the comeback. She scored 10 of Union’s 16 points over a stretch of eight minutes in the second half to lead the offense. She scored seven points on Tuesday, helping Union to a fifth NAIA title.
Dudley, a 5-foot-10 senior guard from Bradford, Tenn., finished her career with 2,385 points, passing the old record of 2,372 held by Sandra Fitzgerald during her career from 1975-79.
Union head coach Mark Campbell says, “Kaitlin has given me so many great memories. She is the best scoring guard I have ever coached, but what separates her from most is her ability to make big shots. She relishes the opportunity to do something special. To break the record on a night that demonstrated this ability makes it extra special. I love Kaitlin for who she is and the basketball is just a small part of it!”
Dudley, the former all-state player at Gibson County High School, has added 713 career rebounds and 452 career assists. She has posted 50 percent shooting from the field, 44 percent (324-743) from three-point range, and 85 percent (392-463) from the free-throw line over her four years. She has started in all 148 games of her Union career and is averaging 16.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Union’s record over her career is 137-10 (.932).
In Dudley’s four years, Union has advanced to four semifinals, including two national titles. She has helped win four TranSouth regular season titles and three TranSouth Tournament titles.
Dudley is a four-time NAIA All-American, four-time TranSouth All-Conference player, and the 2010 TranSouth Player of the Year. She has also been named to the NAIA and TranSouth all-tournament teams.
Earlier this season, Dudley set a new Union record with 29 points in a half on February 6, 2010. Dudley ranks in the top of in Union’s record book for three-point percentage in a game and season, and free-throw percentage in a season.
Union is the NAIA’s program leader in total wins (1,071) and NAIA national tournament wins (59). The win on Tuesday in the NAIA title game moved the Lady Bulldogs in a tie for second with five national titles (Southern Nazarene 7, Oklahoma City 5, and Southwestern Oklahoma 5)
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