JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/11/2007 - The Union University men's and women's basketball teams used explosive offensive outputs to sweep TranSouth Conference newcomer Mid-Continent University (Ky.) at Fred-DeLay Gymnasium on Thursday night. The No. 10 Union Lady Bulldogs defeated Mid-Continent 119-33 while the 13th ranked Union men topped the Cougars 117-83.
In the women's game, Union (10-4, 1-2) started the game on a 21-0 run before Mid-Continent (5-10, 0-3) scored their first basket at the 12:32 mark on a three pointer by Bristyn Prowell. Union continued to stretch the lead and went into the half with their biggest lead of the half, 54-15. In the second half, Union continued to make shots from all eight players. The game's final score of 119-33 was Union's largest lead of the game at 86 points.
Seven of the eight players for Union scored in double figures, led by Kaitlin Dudley with 21 points. D.J. Sissoko added 19 points and 10 rebounds, Jessica Graves scored 18 points, Crystal Eason and Josephine Owino added 15 points each, Natanya Smith scored 14 points, and Latorya Fuller added 11 points. Former JCS player, Lindsay Flynn notched her career high with six points, five assists, and four steals in 28 minutes for Union.
Mid-Continent was led by Omega Key with eight points.
On the men's side, Union never trailed in the game despite the score remaining close for the first 10-plus minutes of play. Union jumped out to a 5-0 lead but Mid-Continent rallied back and trailed Union just 10-9 at the 16:26 mark. Union stretched the lead out to seven points, but the Cougars once again pulled back to within one point, 21-20 with 9:06 remaining in the first half. However, in the final nine minutes of the first half, Union distanced themselves with a 35-14 run to take their biggest lead of the first half at 22 points with a 56-34 halftime lead. In the second half, Mid-Continent pulled back as close as 16 points, 63-47 with 15:53 left, but Union's outstanding second half shooting kept the Bulldogs well in front. In the second half, Union shot 73-percent from the field, including 56-percent (5-9) from behind the arc. For the game, Union posted a 61-percent shooting effort, including 42-percent (10-24) from behind the arc. The only thing cold on this night was Union's free throws as the Bulldogs managed just 15-of-30.
Union was led with six players in double figures. Pierry Valmera scored 26 points, while Deywane Lee added 21 points and 10 rebounds. Mack Bealim, Tacuma Alexander, and Alan North each scored 14 points. For North and Alexander, the 14 points scored marked career highs for both players. Tony Brown added 13 points and nine assists.
Mid-Continent was led by Brian Hewitt with 26 points. Sinsea Korkut added 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Brian Calhoun scored 12 points.
Both of Union's teams are back on the road this weekend as they make the short trip to McKenzie, Tennessee to play Bethel. The women's game will start at 2:00 pm on Saturday, with the men's game to follow at 4:00 pm.
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