Women’s Basketball enjoying success
FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama women’s basketball team completed the first half of Gulf South Conference play in impressive fashion Thursday evening at Flowers Hall. The Lions hit 14 three-point baskets as a team during an 84-66 win over Alabama-Huntsville. With the victory, UNA improves to 15-5 on the season and 6-0 in GSC play.
Thirteen different players saw action on the court for the Lions with 12 making contributions on the scoreboard. Niala Harris had 18 points and seven rebounds in just 19 minutes of playing time. The senior joined the rest of the UNA starters on the bench midway through the second half with the game in hand.
UNA led 43-29 at the break after a three-point basket by Lacy Lewis with four seconds remaining in the half. The Lions extended their lead to 33 points at the 11:24 mark in the second period, prompting head coach Terry Fowler to empty the bench.
North Alabama used the three-point shot to get its big lead. The home team went 9-of-17 in the first half alone. For the game, nine different UNA players had connected from long range. Many of the three-pointers followed an assists from Kierra McCleary, who notched a career-best 11 on the night.
Dana Jackson was 2-for-3 from long distance and finished with 14 points for the Lions while Courtnei Bowens also reached double figures with 10 points.
UAH (8-11 overall, 3-3 GSC) was led by Jasmine Hammon’s game-high 24 points.
UNA will host Valdosta State Saturday in another key GSC matchup. The Lions picked up a 49-44 road win over VSU on Jan. 13 and have not lost since. Tip-off for the rematch is set for 1 p.m. at Flowers Hall.