2001-2002 Lady Bulldog Basketball Season Outlook

The Union University Lady Bulldogs enter this season with high expectations after reloading a team that won 31 games last season. The Lady Bulldogs have five seniors on this team that will give crucial game experience and leadership. Head coach Mark Campbell has also added six extremely talented players to the roster to give Union one of the deepest teams in recent history. Union looks to continue their dominance in the TranSouth Conference as they go for their seventh consecutive conference championship.

Leading this year’s squad will be five very talented seniors that have made tremendous contributions over their careers at Union. Mary Catherine Way is returning at Guard where she led the conference with a .439 three-point percentage last season and ranked third in the nation in the same category. Also returning at the guard position will be Alisha Lehmkuhl and Mary Beth Haltom. Both Lehmkuhl and Haltom have battle knee injuries from early in their careers, but have worked hard to return and contribute in their final season. They will provide outstanding shooting from behind the arc. Tonya Tuggles and Tammi Gauldin are return at the forward position and will once again provide strength and rebounding to the inside.

Coach Campbell has two returning juniors and one junior transfer for this season. Allison Harrison and Tashekia Brown are back to provide size and scoring down low. Combined, Harrison and Brown tallied 25 points and 12 rebounds per game last season. Transferring from the University of Missouri, Christa Millham will give Union yet another great athlete at the point guard position.

The balance continues as there are four sophomores on the roster. Returning for her second season will be Jessica Henson. Henson suffered a knee injury late in the season, but is back at full strength and will look to add to last seasons honor filled campaign. At the forward position, she led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding last season. Also returning to the Lady Bulldogs roster is Laura Davison. After Henson’s injury, Davison gained some valuable playing time last season that helped mature her as a guard will be able to provide depth at the point guard position. Ginger Bryant rejoins the Lady Bulldogs after a three season layoff. Bryant played a key role in Union’s 1998 National Championship and looks to pick up right where she left off by providing size and scoring ability in the post. Christal Taylor transfer back to Union after red-shirting last season at Murray State. Taylor’s last season with the Lady Bulldogs was the 1999-2000 season. She will bring exceptional quickness to the point guard position.

Three new players will join the squad this season as freshman. Jennifer Henson, a Bradford High School standout and younger sister of Jessica, will bring great shooting and ball handling to the guard position. Monica Elliot, of Memphis Ridgeway High School, also brings tremendous quickness and ball handling skills as a point guard. Adding size on the post will be Miriam Wandanda, a 6-4 center from Mombasa, Kenya. Wandanda was a member of the Kenya National Team last season.

With this evenly balanced roster, Coach Campbell has a squad with a good mix of talent, experience, and youth.

 

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