ARKADELPHIA, Ark., – North Alabama went more than 10 minutes without a field goal in the first half and never recovered during a 78-53 road loss to Ouachita Baptist Friday evening at Bill Vining Area on the OBU campus. The offensive slump for the Lions turned a 12-12 tied into a 17-point OBU advantage at the break and ultimately resulted in the Lions’ first loss of the season.
The UNA women (1-1) shot just 32 percent from the floor in the opening half then, connected on just 11-of-30 shots over the final 20 minutes of play. The Lions shooting woes were even worse beyond the three-point line as the team made only four-of-13 attempts from long range.
The Tigers (2-0) were able to take control of the game by closing the first half on a 22-5 run. After a three-point shot by UNA’s Dana Jackson tied the game at 12-12 at the 12:42 mark in the first half, OBU reeled off eight straight points to take a 20-12 lead. The Lions could only answer at the free throw line, hitting three foul shots over a 10:32 span.
A layup by Sanqueeta Meardith with 2:10 remaining ended the field goal drought, but the Tigers had already built a 30-17 lead. OBU added two free throws and a layup of its own in the final minute of play to take a 34-17 lead at the break.
In the second half, UNA could get no closer than 15 points as the Tigers pulled away for the victory. OBU’s largest lead was 29 points in the closing seconds of the game before a pair of free throws by Nichelle Fillmore and a buzzer-beater by Courtnei Bowens made the final score 78-53.
Niala Harris led UNA with 15 points on the night. Meardith added 12 points for the Lions.
North Alabama will return to Florence for its home opener on Tuesday. The Lions are set to face Kentucky Wesleyan with tip-off set for 6 p.m. at Flowers Hall.
UNA DEFEAT OBU
ARKADELPHIA, Ark., – The University of North Alabama men’s basketball team built a 12-point second-half lead then, held off a Ouachita Baptist rally in the closing minutes to post a 69-62 road win Friday evening. The victory evens the Lions’ record at 2-2 and closes out a two-game sweep in Arkadelphia, Ark., against Gulf South Conference West Division foes Henderson State and OBU.
UNA appeared to be in control with 3:23 remaining when a free throw by Beaumont Beasley gave the Lions their largest lead of the night at 52-64. The Tigers, however, got three-point baskets by three different players and added a free throw to cut the deficit to 64-62 with just over a minute to play.
OBU would not score again, however, and the Lions connected on five-of-six free throws down the stretch to secure the seven-point victory.
Beasley led all scorers with 23 points on the night. The junior from Kansas City, Mo., was eight-of-18 from the floor, including five three-pointers. He also dished out six assists on the night.
Marcus Landry also produced a solid performance for UNA with a double-double that included 16 points and 16 rebounds. Landry was a force on the boards, pulling down 10 at the defensive end and six on offense.
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