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Union women’s basketball playing in 13th national semifinal

FRANKFORT, Ky. - 3/19/2012 - The Union University women’s basketball team is set for their appearance in the 2012 NAIA DI Women’s Basketball National Semifinals Monday night, March 19. No. 1 seed Union will face No. 5 seed Georgetown (Ky.) at 7:00 p.m. central time at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Union (34-2) brings their 18-game winning streak into the semifinals.

Union has been to an NAIA record 23 national tournaments. In those 23 trips, Union has now advanced to the semifinals 13 times. This season marks their eighth straight semifinal appearance. In their previous 12 appearances, Union is 8-4 in semifinal games, including three straight semifinal wins.

Union University finished No. 2 in the final regular season poll of 2012. In doing so, Union earned one of the four No. 1 seeds in the national tournament, and the second overall seed. For the first time in 22 years, Union has traveled away from Jackson, Tenn. to play in the NAIA National Tournament. The last time Union traveled out of town for a national tournament was 1989 (Kansas City, Mo.). Jackson, Tenn. played host to the NAIA DI women’s tournament from 1990 through 2011.

Union has been to an NAIA record 23 total tournament, and an NAIA record 21 straight tournaments. Union also holds the NAIA record for most tournament wins with 66.

Union posted a first round victory over the 8-seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 63-50. With the win, Union improved to 22-1 all time first round games.

Union earned a 58-43 win over Xavier (La.) in the second round. Union held Xavier to 20 points below their average on the season of 63 points per game.

Saturday night in the quarterfinals, Union defeated Biola (Calif.) 74-52 in their largest margin of victory in the tournament. This win put Union in their eighth straight NAIA Semifinal and 13th appearance in the 23 years of national tournament play.

Union is coming off a second straight TranSouth Tournament Title. It was their fifth in the last six games and 12th in the 16-year history of the TranSouth.

Senior guard Lavanda Ross has passed 1,900 points for her career. Ross currently has at 1,982 career points. She is just 18 points shy of 2,000 for her career.

On the season, no opponent has reached the 70-point mark in scoring. Union has allowed 69 points twice. Union has held their opponents to less than 50 points 18 times on the season. Union has a 12-2 record versus teams in the national tournament field this season, including tournament play.


Related Item(s):

2012 NAIA DI Women's Basketball National Championships
Union's Semifinal Notes
NAIA Semifinal Press Conference Video-Union

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