JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/14/2011 - The No. 2 Union University women’s basketball team used a late run to pull away from No. 8 Campbellsville (Ky.) University Monday night. Union improved to 4-0 on the season, while Campbellsville dropped to 3-1 on the season.
Lavanda Ross poured in a career-high with her 27 points. Ross’ previous career high of 25 points came twice in her career, once as a freshman and once last season as a junior.
Union led 50-49 with 8:09 left in the game. Sophomore transfer Shelby Ashcraft put in a layup to start a 16-4 run that put Union up by their largest margin on the night at 66-53 with just under three minutes left to play.
Campbellsville entered the game averaging 100 points per game over their first three contests, but was held to just 56 points in the loss. Union has held their four opponents to an average of 53 points on the season.
In the first half, Campbellsville erased an early 2-0 deficit and jumped out to a 9-4 lead. Union tied the game at 11-11 and again at 13-13. Campbellsville responded with a quick 8-0 run to lead 21-13 at the 12:03 mark. That eight point lead was the largest of the game for Campbellsville. Campbellsville led by six with just over three minutes to play in the half and clung to a 34-31 lead heading into the locker room.
Union opened the second half with a three pointer from Rebecca Sharpe, Union’s only three pointer of the night. The Lady Bulldogs never trailed again.
Ross narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds to go with her game-high 27 points. Mildred Olumasi did recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The 15 points matched a career high for Olumasi, while her 12 rebounds is a new career best. Amy Philamlee added 12 points. Union shot 46 percent from the field, seven-percent from behind the arc (1-14), and 78 percent (14-18) from the free throw line.
Campbellsville was led by Chelsea Craig with 14 points, while Mackenzie Lee added 11 points. The Lady Tigers shot 44 percent from the field, 50 percent (5-10) from long range, and 42 percent (5-12) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be the Jackson Rotary Classic on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Union’s Fred DeLay Gymnasium. Union will face No. 9 Westminster (Utah), No. 13 Saint Xavier (Ill.) and No. 26 The Master’s (Calif.).
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