UNA women’s hoops picked 2nd; Harris Pre-Season All-GSC
FLORENCE – North Alabama women’s head basketball coach Terry Fowler has announced the schedule for his team’s upcoming season. The 2010-11 slate includes five games against 2010 NCAA Tournament teams, including a trip to Gulf South Conference champion and Elite Eight participant Arkansas Tech. Home games for the Lions also include matchups against nationally-ranked Southern Indiana, Valdosta State and perennial power Delta State.
“We have a very difficult pre-conference schedule as usual, but we feel it prepares us for the battles that Gulf South Conference play will present us,” Fowler stated. “The good news is that we have 15 home games this season and during my four-year tenure we’ve won 75 percent of games at Flowers Hall.”
UNA opens up with an exhibition game at NCAA Division I Alabama A & M, November 11. The Lions then begin their regular season on the road in Arkadelphia, Ark., against Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist, November 17 and 18 respectively. Lion fans will get their first peek of the team on November 23 when Kentucky Wesleyan visits Florence. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Flowers Hall.
Conference play will begin January 13 with the Lions on the road at Valdosta State. The Blazers handed UNA its only two GSC losses last season. The conference home opener will be January 20 against Lambuth.
“We played five straight conference road games last year, so this season’s conference schedule is a little more favorable,” added Fowler. “We are looking forward to a great year. The Lions will return an experienced team this season and will be exciting to watch.”
BIRMINGHAM – Head coaches from around the Gulf South Conference have selected the University of North Alabama women’s basketball team to finish second in the East Division according the league’s pre-season release. UNA received two first-place votes and 22 total points to finish just behind defending East Division champion Valdosta State.
UNA’s Naila Harris also received pre-season All-GSC honors. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native returns for her senior season after earning first-team All-GSC honors a year ago. She was also named the East Division’s Co-Player of the Year.
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