Welcome to The Doghouse, a weekly column recapping Union University sports action from the weekend.
This weekend, there was just one game at Union, and it was a slaughter. The Lady Bulldogs basketball team dominated the Fisk Lady Bulldogs 103-45.
“I think it was a great win for us at a great time,” said Union sophomore Jada Smith. “As we dig deeper into conference and the [winter] break we must continue to push and finish strong.”
Union opened the game with 20 straight points, and by the end of the first quarter it was 36-4. In the half they shot 59 percent from the field, and went into the locker room up 61-12.
“We had some trouble the two previous games staying together through adversity,” Smith said. “But we worked hard that week and it showed a lot by our defensive effort in the first half. So [at halftime], everyone was feeling really good.”
After the break, Union came out on a 16-5 run to extend their lead to 60 points. Fisk never came within 45 points of Union in the second half.
In the game, Union shot 84 percent from the foul line, recorded 30 rebounds, and committed three turnovers. Also, they shot 45 percent from behind the arc to Fisk’s 20 percent.
Fredi Nielsen led with a career high 25 points for Union, while Tiffany Rechis posted a season high 18 points. Smith had 16 points, Sara Lytle had 14 points, and McKenna Montgomery had 13 points.
Jada Perkins had a career high 14 rebounds, while Nielsen added nine of her own. Smith led with five assists.
“It’s always hard to start a season with a brand new team,” Smith said. “We actually started out very close and it has continued to grow more and more as the season goes on.”
Union is now 5-1 overall and 1-0 in conference.
“We want to continue to improve in our weak areas and continue to sharpen our strengths,” Smith said. “I am most excited to begin conference games and start paving the way to win a conference championship.”
Looking ahead, Union men’s basketball hosts Auburn University Montgomery, the newest member of the Gulf South Conference. The game will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 and will be broadcast on eplustv6.com. On Dec. 10, the men’s and women’s teams will travel to Memphis to play at Christian Brothers.