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Union punches ticket to Sioux City

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) -- The Union women’s basketball team has already won the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament and now they are headed to Sioux City, Iowa for the NAIA Division II national tournament.

"It's something we have done several times now,” head coach Tim Curry, who is in his 13th season coaching the Lady Bulldogs, said.

“We have been in the conference tournament championship game in six of the past eight years on the women's side -- and three in a row -- so it's kind of become an expectation for our kids and our program to be there on Saturday at the conference tournament."

"From the start of the preseason, I mean that's what you work for. Your goal is to get to the national tournament,” senior guard Alyson Roberts said, “and by doing that, you have to win the conference tournament."

The Lady Bulldogs have lost in the first round the last four years in the national tourney.

"What changes in the national tournament is that you are playing teams who can flat out defend you so you are going to have to do it for all 40 minutes,” senior guard Amber Taylor said. “You can't just have moments here and there. You have got to do it the whole time but I think we are capable of doing it."

This marks the fifth straight time head coach Tim Curry has got his team to the national tourney.

"We expect to be there every year,” Curry said. “We talked about it at the beginning of the year. Our goals never change. When I got here in 2001, we started talking about winning championships."

"They are really similar to us,” Roberts said. “They have three scorers who are usually always in double digits -- two perimeter players and one post player, which is exactly like us -- and I think it will be a great matchup."

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