The 2004-05 season looks to be one of great promise for the Lady
Bulldogs of Union University. As always, the goal is the NAIA National Title and
Coach Mark Campbell has added to his already strong returning class to make a
run for the 2005 crown.
Union’s schedule this season is filled with numerous NAIA teams
that find themselves in the NAIA National Tournament from year to year. Teams
fitting that description on the 2004-05 schedule for the Lady Bulldogs include
North Georgia, Univ. of Science and Arts, Vanguard, Oklahoma City, Houston
Baptist, Campbellsville, and Brescia. Also included on that list are TranSouth
Conference foes Freed-Hardeman and Trevecca Nazarene. Union will face many tough
test from start to finish of the regular season schedule, but come national
tournament time, Union will be well prepared for anyone standing in the way. One
tournament to really test the Lady Bulldogs early will be the Jackson Rotary
Classic on Nov. 18, 19, and 20th. Union will be facing NAIA Top 5 opponents
Vanguard University (Calif.) and Oklahoma City University.
Leading this year’s team will be a group of four very talented
seniors. Led by last season TranSouth Conference Player of the Year and first
team NAIA All-American, Stephanie Clark (pictured right). She led the
nation in field goal percentage and was second in rebounding and total
double-doubles. Molly York returns as a great shooter at the forward
position. Laura Mitchell (pictured below) returns after leading the Lady
Bulldogs in three pointers made last season as a junior. And Monica Elliott
returns to give experience and depth at the point guard position.
The junior class is made up of three players, two returning and
one transfer. Jennifer Henson is returning after finished second behind
Mitchell in three pointers made last season. Peggy McCain is back to
provide depth and leadership off the bench. Tiffany Fisher begins her
much anticipated Union career after transferring in from MTSU. She will make
immediate contributions at the guard position.
Four players make up the sophomore class for the Lady Bulldogs.
Three of these players are transfers into the program while one player,
Latorya Fuller, will red-shirt this season. Whitney Tate comes to
Union from ETSU and Ena Daniels transfers in from Western Illinois. Both
of these players will provide Union with early contributions at the guard
position. Natanya Smith transfers to Union from Lee University where she
was a TranSouth All-Freshman performer last season. She will complete a great
one-two punch in the post with Clark.
Union boasts three super freshman on their roster. Crystal
Eason, one of the top 5 scorers in Tennessee basketball history gives depth
to the guard position. The 2003 and 2004 Class A Miss Basketball in Tennessee,
Merideth Richardson joins Union’s dominating group of guards. Paola
Ferrari comes to Union from Asuncion, Paraguay and will make immediate
impact on this team with her size and strength at the point guard position.
Union is loaded and ready for that run at the NAIA National
Title and to also regain something lost from last season, the TranSouth
Tournament Championship. Union has won eight of the past nine conference
tournament championships, including seven of the eight TranSouth Tournament
titles dating back to the 1996-97 season. Union has won nine straight conference
regular season championships, including all eight TranSouth regular season