Lions split with Christian Bros.



FLORENCE – Four players reached double figures in scoring as the University of North Alabama women’s basketball team reached the .500 mark for the season with a 68-57 home win over Christian Brothers Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall. Sanqueeta Meardith paced the Lions with 16 points as UNA won its second straight game to improve to 3-3 on the year.

Meardith, a senior from Shannon, Miss., also added six rebounds and six assists to complete the performance on the day.

The Lions used a late spurt in the first half to grab a 35-21 lead at the break. The UNA defense held the Bucs to a 24 percent shooting effort in the opening half, including a 2-of-12 showing from three-point range.

In the second half, North Alabama stretched its lead to as many as 19 points while CBU got no closer than nine the rest of the way. Niala Harris added 12 points in only 13 minutes of action after getting into early foul trouble. Dana Jackson and Lacy Lewis added 10 points each for UNA.

North Alabama will be back in action on Wednesday at home against Southern Indiana. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Flowers Hall.



FLORENCE – Christian Brothers shot 60 percent from the floor and also used a dominating rebounding performance over North Alabama to get an 80-55 victory over the Lions’ men’s team Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall. The Buccaneers’ slow-down offense also kept down the pace of the game and helped hold the UNA point total to its lowest since the 2008-09 season when the Lions lost a 51-46 decision at CBU.

Ricky Davison led the Lions with 19 points, but only managed three in the second half as CBU pulled away over the final 20 minutes of play. The Buccaneers led 43-34 at the break after shooting nearly 70 percent in the first half.

A 4-0 run by the Lions to start the second half cut the deficit to 43-38 but UNA would get no closer. CBU responded to the run with seven straight points and kept the double-digit lead the rest of the way.

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