Cape Girardeau, Mo - 11/6/2003 - The Union University Lady Bulldogs stepped out of NAIA play for a exhibition against NCAA Div. I Southeast Missouri State University. Southeast Missouri topped the Lady Bulldogs 84-66.
Union led 2-1 in the game on a lay-up by Jessica Henson following a steal. That was the only lead for Union. Southeast Missouri State used the outside shot and athletic ability to build a 24-point lead in the first half. Southeast led 45-21 at the break an shot 50% from the field. Union had 13 first half turnovers.
In the second half, Southest Missouri jumped out to a 30 point lead on back-to-back three pointers. And then six minutes into the second half, the Lady Bulldogs trailed by 32. However, from that point on, Union started to create shots and shots started falling. Southeast Missouri continued to press as they had done the entire game. Union's sophomore guard, LaTorya Fuller, began to take over and handle the press. She tallied a game high 22 points. From the 14 minute mark in the second half, Union outscored Southeast Missouri 37-23 to cut the final deficit to 18 points, 84-66. Union's late rally impressed many that watched, as the Lady Bulldogs were now able to score on a defense that had them stopped for much of the game.
Union's head coach Mark Campbell said, "I think we were intimidated the first half." He adds, "We came out in the second half and dictated tempo and really played well." Union was able to leave the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri with a great deal of confidence about their ability to score on anybody. Coach Campbell also talked about the fact that Union would not play a more athletic team than Southeast during this season.
In the game, Union was led by Fuller with 22 points. Jessica Henson added 14, including 3-of-7 from three point land, while Molly York scored nine. For Southeast Missouri, Sami Jo Cotton scored 16 points, including 4-0f-5 from behind the arc. Chandra Brown tallied a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Brown also tallied five blocks.
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