JACKSON -- Kayla Hudson and Zeinab Chan each scored 19 points and top-ranked Union University shot 53 percent from the field, posting a 78-45 victory over Cumberland University Thursday night at Fred DeLay Gymnasium.
Cumberland (8-10, 1-5 TranSouth) put together an 11-0 run late in the first half but gave up a 3-pointer just before the break and trailed 40-26 at intermission. A five-minute spell without a bucket midway through the second half allowed Union (19-0, 6-0) to put the game away with a 13-0 spurt.
The Bulldogs committed 16 turnovers in the contest, which turned into 15 points for the home team. Union also outscored CU, 42-12, in the paint, using a great size advantage and 15 offensive rebounds to control the game around the bucket.
Yalonda Davis scored 16 points for lead the Bulldogs, while Casie Cowan added 11 points.
Lavanda Ross netted 15 points for Union and Hope Adams added 13, including nine of the first 14 points for the game for UU.
The Bulldogs hung tough early and trailed 12-9 after a pair of Jessica Pace free throws six minutes into the game. But Union put together a 16-0 run over the next five-plus minutes, with Hudson capping the spurt with a 3-pointer from the wing.
Cumberland trailed by as many as 22 points in the period but strung together an 11-0 run of its own just before the half with five points from Davis and four by Cowan.
Ross hit a 3-pointer for Union just before the halftime buzzer, giving the home team a 40-26 lead at intermission. Ross scored 10 points in the half and Adams and Chan both netted nine. Cowan led the Bulldogs with nine points in the period, while Davis added seven.
Cumberland plays the second of three straight road games Saturday at Martin Methodist at 2 p.m. and then next Thursday at Fisk University before returning home Saturday, January 29 to face Mid-Continent at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.