SNU Will Take on Union in National Quarterfinals on Saturday Night

(JACKSON,TN)---Southern Nazarene University will battle Union University on Saturday Night in the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Quarterfinals at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee. SNU is the #1 seed in the bottom bracket of the tournament and the Bulldogs are the #2 seed in the bottom bracket. The game is set for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off in Jackson.

Southern Nazarene (33-3) advanced to the NAIA Quarterfinals with wins in the first two rounds over Claflin, SC 72-46 and Point Loma Nazarene 73-56. Union (32-4) advanced to the Quarterfinals with victories over McKendree, IL 72-64 and Auburn-Montgomery, AL 73-56.

Union, located in Jackson, Tennessee, will have the home court advantage and will have the majority of the fans in Oman Arena on Saturday Night. The Lady Bulldogs enter Saturday nights game with a 32-4 record. Union’s losses on the year have come to Freed-Hardeman, Tennessee three times this year and Southern Nazarene. Freed-Hardeman is also a #1 seed in the National Tournament. SNU defeated Union in Jackson back on December 6th, 72-60.

In SNU’s 72-60 win in December, the Crimson Storm were led by 17 points from Katie Korfe, 14 points frm Ashley Lindsey and 11 points from Ndeye Ndiaye. Union was led by 23 points from Christina Smith.

SNU held Union to 32% shooting from the floor while the Crimson Storm hit 45%. SNU also connected on 6 of 8 from three while Union nailed only 3 of 11. SNU controlled the boards 45-30, but turned the ball over 26 times to Union’s 20 turnovers.

The Crimson Storm enter Saturday night’s game with a 33-3 record and have only lost to NCAA Division I Oral Roberts and #1 ranked Oklahoma City on the year.

SNU and Union have met 11 times all time, with SNU leading the series 6-5. The Crimson Storm and Lady Bulldogs have a strong National Tournament resume. Union has won a National Title, and claimed two National Runner-Up trophies. Union and Southern Nazarene have met five times in the National Tournament throughout the years as well, with SNU holding a 3-2 advantage in National Tourney play.

SNU lost to Union in 1992 in the second round 87-86, which is Southern Nazarene’s earliest exit ever in the National Tournament. SNU would rebound three straight National Tourney wins over Union in 1994 in the National Quarterfinals 75-71; in 1996 in the National Semifinals 70-69; and in the 1997 National Title game 78-73. Union won the last meeting between the schools in the National Tournament, defeating SNU 73-70 in the 1998 National Title game.

The game tips off at 6:00 p.m. and can be heard live, worldwide over the internet at over the Crimson Storm Broadcasting Network. The pre-game show begins at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday night.

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