JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/23/2004 - Union University Basketball swept this week's TranSouth Conference Honors as Stephanie Clark for the women and Chima Abakwue for the men were each named the TranSouth Conference Players of the Week for their respective sports. For Clark, this is her fourth TranSouth Player of the Week honor in six weeks of reporting. Abakwue records his first Player of the Week honor of the season.
Clark, a 6-2 junior from Artesia, New Mexico, continues her domination of the TranSouth Conference by receiving player of the week honors for the fourth time this season. She recorded her ninth and tenth double-double of the season as she helped lead Union to a perfect 3-0 week. In the win over Lee, she scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 25 minutes of play. Her 17 rebounds versus Berry was the fourth time in her 18 games she as grabbed at least 17 rebounds. Clark averaged 23.0 points and 13.3 rebounds on the week. She also added 10 assist, 3 block shots and 3 steals. She was 27 of 37 (73.0%) from the field and 15 of 25 (60.0%) from the free-throw line. Clark leads her team as well as the TranSouth Conference with 19.94 points per game and 10.67 rebounds per game. She also ranks second in the NAIA in rebounding and fourth in scoring. The Lady Bulldogs are now 27-2 overall and lead the TranSouth Conference at 13-1.
Abakwue, a 5-11 Senior from Cedar Hill, Texas, helped lead the Bulldogs past two TranSouth Conference opponents (Lee and Berry) as well as a Region XI opponent (Lambuth), to go 3-0 on the week. In a win over Lee, Abakwue tallied 30 points with 26 of those points coming in the second half to help Union explode for 56 second half points after only scoring 22 in the first half. He was 0 for 6 in the first half and 6 of 8 from behind the arc in the second half in the win over Lee. On the week, he scored 78 points (26.0 per game) and had 12 rebounds (4.0 per game). He also added seven steals and 3 assists. He was 19 of 46 (41.3%) from the field 16 of 32 (50.0%) from beyond the arc and 18 of 20 (90.0%) from the free-throw line. Abakwue leads Union with 17.6 points per game and his 113 three pointers is tops in the league and second in the NAIA. The Bulldogs are now 22-6 overall and are just one game out of first place in the conference with a record of 8-2.
The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs play next on Thursday at Martin Methodist College. Union's next home game will be on Saturday, Feb. 28 as Freed-Hardeman University comes to town. For the Lady Bulldogs, this will be the final regular season game of the year and will most likely decide the TranSouth regular season championship. Game time is 2:00 p.m. The men's game will follow at 4:00 p.m.
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