Ladies defeat Harding in road hoops action
SEARCY, Ark., – The University of North Alabama women’s basketball team improved to 6-4 on the season Saturday evening with a 50-46 road victory over Harding. Sanqueeta Meardith led all scorers with 21 points for the Lions who capped their fifth victory in the last six games.
The low-scoring affair on Saturday featured a total of 47 turnovers and a combined 27.8 shooting percentage from the two teams. The Bisons shot just 24.6 percent from the floor and made only two three-point attempts, including an 0-for-9 showing from long range in the first half.
UNA was only slightly better, shooting 32.5 percent from the field. The Lions also made just two three-pointers and went 0-for-4 from long distance in the second half. Harding led 20-17 at the half.
The score was tied seven times in the game, including a 40-40 deadlock after a basket by UNA’s Dana Jackson with 5:27 remaining. After a Harding turnover on the ensuing possession, a jumper by Sequoyah Cliff made the score 42-40 and the Lions never trailed again down the stretch.
Meardith did most of her damage at the free throw line, hitting 12-of-18 attempts on the night. The senior also connected on 6-of-8 free throws in the final 3:21 of regulation.
Niala Harris also had 16 points for UNA. Harris and Meardith were also the Lions’ top rebounders on the night, pulling down six boards each.
North Alabama will have a two-week break before the next game. The Lions will host Arkansas-Monticello on Sunday, Jan. 2. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Flowers Hall.