JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/4/2011 - The No. 1 Union (Tenn.) University women’s basketball posted a 76-49 win over Lyon (Ark.) College in the semifinals of the TranSouth Conference Tournament. Union pushed their record to 30-1 on the season. Lyon, the five-seed, ends their season with an 18-14 record.
This will be Union’s 14th trip to the conference tournament title game in the 15-year history of the TranSouth. Union has won 10 times in the 13 previous trips to the championship game. The only season Union failed to make the finals was the 2006 season, a year in which the Lady Bulldogs went on to capture their third of five NAIA National Titles.
Lyon opened the game with a three-pointer from K.K. Hodges to take and early lead. Union’s Lavanda Ross answered with a three pointer of her own to tie the game. The game was tied twice more at 9-9 and again at 15-15 with 10:24 left in the half. Union then began to extend their lead. The Lady Bulldogs led by as many as 11 points in the first half, 35-24, with 1:50 left to play. However, three straight field goals by Lyon cut the Union halftime lead to just 35-30.
In the second half, Union came out quickly and pushed the lead into double figures. Over the first five minutes of the half, Union outscored Lyon 14-4 to lead by 15 points at 49-34. Union continued to extend their lead as they outscored Lyon 41-19 in the second half. Union led by as many as 29 points, before taking the 76-49 win.
Union was led by Ross with 25 points while Kayla Hudson added 17 points. Both players sank three 3-pointers in the game. Seven other players for Union scored in the game, but none reached double figures. Chan was held to eight points, but grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in her 17 minutes of action. Union shot 43 percent from the field, 38 percent (9-24) from long range and 82 percent (9-11) from the free throw line.
Lyon was led by Hodges with 14 points. Lauren Ramsey added 11 points. The Scots shot 37 percent from the field, 29 percent (5-17) from long range and 80 percent (12-15) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be the third meeting on the season versus Bethel (Tenn.) on Monday night for the conference tournament title. Union won both regular season meetings against No. 6 Bethel. The second-seeded Lady Wildcats become only the third team other than Union or Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) to play for a TranSouth women’s tournament title, with Lipscomb (Tenn.) and Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) being the other two.
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