JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/7/2007 - The two-time defending NAIA National Champion Union University Lady Bulldogs teams knew they were playing in the NAIA National Tournament next week. The only questions were who, when, and from what place in the bracket. The TranSouth regular season and tournament champion Union Lady Bulldogs earned one of the four No. 1 seeds and are seeded third overall in the bracket.
The Union Lady Bulldogs, ranked No. 5 in the final NAIA rankings, won what many consider to be the toughest conference in the NAIA by winning 18 of their last 19 games entering national tournament play. Union opens the tournament versus The Master’s College (Calif.) on Wednesday at 8:00 pm. The No. 2 seed in Union quarter of the bracket is Lubbock Christian University (Texas). Union has ended the season of Lubbock Christian in each of the last two national tournaments (1st round in 2005 and championship game in 2006).
Union notes leading into the national tournament:
• Entering the NAIA National Tournament, the Union Lady Bulldogs have won 18 of their last 19 games including the 2007 TranSouth Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
• Union has competed in 15 conference tournament title games in the past 16 years (only year not in conference title game since 1992 was 2006). During that 16-year stretch, Union has won 10 conference tournament titles.
• Of the 11 TranSouth Tournament Championships dating back to the first year of the league in 1997, Union has won eight titles. (1997-2003, 2007).
• Union has also won the last two NAIA National Titles. For Union, this will be their 18th NAIA National Tournament appearance. That is just one appearance shy of Wayland Baptist’s 19 as the all time leader.
• Union head coach Mark Campbell has a winning percentage of 0.861 (253-41) in this his eighth season at Union. This puts Campbell atop the list of active NAIA women’s basketball coaches of at least five years of experience.
• Union brings a 10-game national tournament winning streak into this year’s tournament. Union has won eight of those 10 games by double figures and has posted a two-year tournament scoring margin of 15.9 points per game (2005 and 2006).
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