Lions sweep Ouachita Baptist
FLORENCE – After grabbing a nine-point lead with just under four minutes to play, the University of North Alabama women’s basketball team held off a late Ouachita Baptist rally to post a 59-56 home victory Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall. The win is the fourth straight for UNA and avenges a 25-point loss to the Tigers earlier in the year.
Niala Harris and Sanqueeta Meardith just missed double-doubles as the Lions improved to 5-3 on the season. With the loss, OBU falls to 6-2 on the year.
On Saturday, UNA took a 27-19 lead at the break and held a 52-43 advantage at the 3:53 mark after a basket and free throw completed a three-point play for Harris. The Tigers, however, used a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 54-52 with 1:01 remaining.
A pair of free throws from Harris and Meardith pushed the lead back to six before OBU made one last surge. After a basket and two free throws by the Tigers, UNA’s Jessie Smith connected on one of two shots from the foul line to give the Lions a three-point lead with just under three seconds to play.
Domino Miller’s three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark for OBU, securing the win for North Alabama.
Harris finished the game with 15 points and nine rebounds to lead UNA. Meardith turned in 13 points and eight boards on the day. A’Laeshia Adams led the Tigers with 15 points.
UNA will hit the road for a two-game swing through the state of Arkansas next week. The Lions will play at Arkansas Tech on Friday before facing Harding on the road the following day.
LIONS GET DEFENSIVE IN WIN OVER OBU
FLORENCE – North Alabama’s defense forced 19 turnovers and limited Ouachita Baptist to only seven baskets in the second half during a 73-60 victory in men’s basketball action Saturday at Flowers Hall. With the win, the Lions improve to 4-6 on the season while OBU drops to 3-5 on the year.
Beaumont Beasley had 20 points to lead three UNA players in double digits in scoring. Ricky Davison added 16 points on the day while Marcus Landry produced his second straight double-double. Landry’s 12 points and 12 rebounds represented his fourth double-double of the season. He also recorded 16 points and 16 rebounds on Nov. 19 when UNA picked up a 69-62 win at OBU.
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