JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/19/2005 - In a battle of two top NAIA teams, it was No. 13 Union University pulling the upset over No. 1 Mountain State University (W. Va.) 78-75. For Union, this avenged the 11-point loss earlier in the season at Mountain State. With this win, Union extended their winning streak to eight games. The Bulldogs improved to 20-7 on the season and still remain the top team in the TranSouth conference with a 6-1 mark.
After a back and forth first half, Union went in a the break trailing 29-28. In the second half, Union tallied 50 points with the help of 57% shooting from the field, including 43% (6-14) from behind the arc in the second half. Union made is difficult for them selves as they made just 12-of-23 free throws in the second half, after shooting zero free throws in the first half. Union led 77-69 with just over a minute to play. The Bulldogs were led by Pierry Valmera with 25 points. Junior guard Cory Burkett recorded a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Burkett made 5-of-9 three pointers in the game. Severall Bulldogs going into the scoring collumn as eight of the nine players that played scored in the game. For the game, Union shot 55% from the field, 39% (10-26) from behind the arc, and 52% (12-23). Mountain State shot 41% from the field, 24% (6-25) from behind the arc, and 76% (19-25) from the free throw line. Union outrebounded Mountain State 35-30 and committed 18 turnovers to Mountain State's nine.
In the women's game, it was No. 7 Union defeating Park University (Mo.) 114-56. The Lady Bulldogs, now 27-3 on the season, put seven players in double figures led by Stephanie Clark with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Monica Elliot scored 15 points, Merideth Richardson tallied 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc, Natanya Smith scored 13, Ena Daniels added 10 points, and Molly York and Jennifer Henson tallied 10 points each. Union shot 63% from the field, 36% (9-25) from behind the arc, and 96% (21-23) from the free throw line. Union led 61-31 at halftime.
The women have just two regular season games remaining and both are in conference play. The men have three conference game remaining due to the suspended game at Trevecca Nazarene that will be completed prior to the conference tournament. Union will host Martin Methodist College on Thursday, February 24 with the women's game starting at 6:00 pm and the men's game following at 8:00 pm. Union will then travel to Freed-Hardeman University on Saturday, February 26 to close out the regular season.
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