Send this article to a friend Print RSS

Union Stymies Biola to Advance to Fab Four

March 17, 2012
Article Image
FRANKFORT, Ky. – (Box Score; Coach Interview) Union (Tenn.) put on a clinic on both ends of the court on Saturday night in a 74-52 win over Biola (Calif.) in the national quarterfinals of the 2012 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship presented by Kentuckytourism.com at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Union (34-2) advances to Monday night’s semifinals where it will meet Georgetown (Ky.) at 8 p.m. EST. Georgetown beat Rogers State (Okla.) 70-63 earlier in the night.

Union used an efficient offense -- the Bulldogs connected on 53.1 percent of their shots in the game -- to advance to the program’s eighth straight national semifinals.

Union -- who never trailed in the game -- methodically built a double-digit lead in the first half by attacking the interior.

Mildred Olumasi and Lavanda Ross -- who each finished the half with 11 points -- helped the Bulldogs lead by as many as 13 points on three different occasions during the half, including 34-21 at the break.

In the second half, Union poured it on from the outside, making six of eight 3-pointers. The Bulldogs finished the game shooting 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from beyond the arc.

While the offense was clicking for Union, the defense was just as impressive. The Bulldogs limited Biola to 29.5 percent (18-of-61) shooting from the field -- the third straight Union opponent to shoot under 36 percent for the game during the tournament.

Union maintained its double-digit lead throughout half and won 74-52.

Ross led the way for the Bulldogs with 17 points and Olumasi chipped in 13 for the game.

Biola’s Charrise Reece and Amy Freet each added 14 points to lead the Eagles. Biola ends its season with a 23-11 record.
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship Bracket Announcement