JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/28/2006 - The #2 seeded Union University Lady Bulldogs earned a first round win in the TranSouth Conference Tournament with a 110-50 victory over the #7 seeded Blue Mountain College (Miss.) Toppers on Tuesday night. In the process, Union set a new school record for three pointers made in a game for the second time in four games with 19 three's made on the evening. Also, Union's Crystal Eason tied the Union record with 10 made three pointers as she exploded for a career high 30 points.
Union, ranked No. 4 in the lastest NAIA polls, jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead and then led 23-2 on their way to a 54-26 halftime lead. In the first half, Union made 8-of-15 three pointers. In the second half, Union sank 11-of-22 three pointers to give them 19 made three pointers in the game. The old record of 18 was set just 10 days ago in a win over Brescia University (Ky.)
In addition to the team record, Crystal Eason made her mark in the Union record books, with 10-of-13 three pointers made in the game. She tied the old record of 10 three pointers made by Mary Catherine Way set back in 2002. Eason actually made 11 three pointers in the game, however, because of an offensive foul called on Union away from the ball, the shot was waived off.
Union was led by Eason's 30 points followed by 16 points and 10 rebounds from Natanya Smith, 12 points from Ena Daniels, 12 points from Josephine Owino, and 10 points by DJ Sissoko.
Blue Mountain was led by Lauren Ford with 15 points.
With the win, Union moves on to host Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.) at 7:00 pm on Friday night, March 3 for a semifinal showdown. Union and Trevecca Nazarene split their two regular season meeting with each team winning at home.
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