Lions split with Blazers on the road
VALDOSTA, Ga., – Courtnei Bowens came off the bench to score 14 points and lead the University of North Alabama women’s basketball team to a 49-44 Gulf South Conference victory over Valdosta State Thursday evening at The Complex on the VSU campus. With the win, the Lions improve to 10-5 overall and open GSC play at 1-0 on the year.
The Blazers, defending East Division champions and pre-season favorite to repeat, fall to 7-7 overall, 0-1 GSC. The game marked the first win in Valdosta for the UNA women since the 2000-01 season and represents head coach Terry Fowler’s first victory at VSU.
Thursday’s game also marked the second time this season the Lions went on the road and came away with a low-scoring victory. On Dec. 18, UNA knocked off Harding 50-46 on the Lady Bisons’ home floor. Against the Blazers, bench play proved to be a big factor as UNA held a commanding 24-2 advantage in the category.
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STREAKING BLAZERS DEFEAT UNA TO OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY
VALDOSTA, Ga., – Valdosta State extended its winning streak to 11 straight games Thursday with a 102-84 home win over North Alabama in the Gulf South Conference opener for both men’s teams. With the loss, UNA falls to 7-10 on the season and opens GSC play with an 0-1 mark. VSU improves to 14-2 overall, 1-0 GSC.
Six players reached double digits in scoring for the Blazers, who reached the 100-point mark for the third straight game and fourth time on the year. UNA had five players reach double figures including Ricky Davison, who had 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor.
VSU led 44-36 at the break before using a 14-3 run midway through the second half to pull away. UNA got all three of its points during the run at the free throw line and went nearly four minutes without a basket as the Blazers went ahead 69-49 with 13:10 remaining.
The Lions would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way while VSU stretched its lead to as many as 24 in the closing minutes of play.
Wes Long tied a career high with 14 points for the Lions. Beaumont Beasley added 12 points for UNA while Warrick Mastin and Nick Luttrell tossed in 10 points each.
The Lions will continue their GSC road swing on Saturday at West Florida. UNA will face the host Argonauts at 4 p.m. CST at the UWF Field House.