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Thursday, March 26, 2009

A belated congrats (lordy, do I hate having to work in March) to NAIA Division National Champions Union University.

You may remember this team from last year -- their campus was wiped out by a tornado. While they were upset in the semis in 2008, they were not to be denied this year. It was an all-Tennessee final, as the #1-seed Lady Bulldogs went up against another #1 seed, Lambuth University. Two-time NAIA Player of the Year Josephine Owino led Union with 27 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, and the Bulldogs never trailed as they earned a 73-63 win.

With its victory, Union earned a small measure of revenge over Lambuth, which won the 2007 national title after posting a 66-64 win over Union in the semifinals.
"Every year, the further I get along, it's more and more about the kids," Union coach Mark Campbell said. "We had a lot of talent this year and I felt like it was [my] responsibility to get them to this point. It's nice to be able to enjoy them. They've been enjoyable all year long."
Attendance for the Tuesday night championship game was 4,512, bringing the tournament’s final attendance total to 22,206 (Wednesday 3,776; Thursday 3,415; Friday 4,323; Saturday 2,965; Monday 3,215).