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Union basketball sweeps TranSouth tourney titles

Union basketball players and students celebrate the Bulldogs' win over Freed-Hardeman March 10. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Union basketball players and students celebrate the Bulldogs' win over Freed-Hardeman March 10. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Related Resource(s): No. 6 Union uses big first half to claim sixth conference title
No. 1 Union rolls 92-69 to win third straight TranSouth Title

JACKSON, Tenn.March 11, 2009 – For the first time since 2002, both the Union Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs basketball teams are the TranSouth Conference Tournament champions.

The Bulldogs, behind 35 points from senior guard Matt Neaville, cruised to a 105-78 win over Freed-Hardeman University March 10 in the title game. The title for Union is their sixth TranSouth championship in the 13-year history of the league. Union used a 57-point first half to take a 24-point halftime lead.

Union, ranked sixth in the NAIA, improves to 28-5 on the season.

The Lady Bulldogs earned their third straight conference tournament championship and 10th title in the 13-year history of the league with a 92-69 win over Trevecca Nazarene University March 9. Josephine Owino scored 24 points and Kaitlin Dudley added 23 to lead Union, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA with a 32-1 record.

Both wins came in Union’s Fred DeLay Gymnasium. Both teams were also the regular-season conference champions.

Up next for both teams will be the NAIA national tournaments March 18-24. The men’s tournament will be played in Kansas City, Mo., while the women’s event will take place at Oman Arena in Jackson.

Brackets for the tournament will be released March 12.


Related Resource(s): No. 6 Union uses big first half to claim sixth conference title
No. 1 Union rolls 92-69 to win third straight TranSouth Title
Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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