Lions split with West Georgia


FLORENCE — A second-half meltdown on both ends of the floor resulted in a crucial loss for North Alabama on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions let a 12-point halftime lead quickly slip away and then missed some crucial free throws in the final 30 seconds as West Georgia came away with a 77-74 victory at Flowers Hall.

UNA (9-11, 2-2 GSC) led 46-34 at halftime. The Lions, however, went over five minutes without scoring to start the second half, allowing the Wolves (9-6, 1-1) to take the lead. The Lions came back to take the lead late, but made just 1 of 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds, allowing West Georgia to escape with the win.

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FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama women’s basketball team took over sole possession of first place in the Gulf South Conference East Division with a 69-62 home win over West Georgia Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall. With the victory, the Lions are the only unbeaten team in the division after West Alabama lost 78-74 at Alabama-Huntsville on the same day.

Niala Harris recorded her second straight double-double and four players reached double figures in scoring as the Lions improved to 13-5 overall and 4-0 in league play.

With the loss, West Georgia falls to 4-12 on the year, but suffers just its first loss in conference play. UNA will take its five game winning streak and undefeated GSC record on the road next Saturday to West Alabama. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Pruitt Hall on the UWA campus.

Against the Wolves, UNA led 30-29 at the half with both teams shooting just over 37 percent from the floor. The Lions, however, improved their shooting in the second half to 61 percent while UWG connected on just 29 percent of its shots over the final 20 minutes of play.

West Georgia led 45-40 with 13:34 remaining before the Lions used a 15-1 run to regain control. A layup by Harris at the 6:34 mark gave UNA a 55-46 lead. The Wolves were able to cut the deficit to four in the final minute of play before free throws by Sequoyah Cliff and Dana Jackson provided the final margin of victory for the Lions.

Harris led all players with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jackson finished with 14 points on the day while Cliff had 11 points and Sanqueeta Meardith added 10 points for UNA.


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