UNA women’s basketball team falls to Christian Brothers

After coming off a two-game winning streak in the GSC (10-6, 2-3), the Lions could not hold on against Christian Brothers (5-12, 2-3 GSC) out of Memphis, falling 51-42 Thursday in Canale Arena.

Jasmine Horne led the Lions with 13 points and post player Nichelle Fillmore added eight points and five rebounds.

The Lady Lions only led once in the game, which was in the first six minutes of the first half.

After that, the Buccaneers secured a 15-0 run, and with 9:01 to play in the first half, led the Lions 22-9.

UNA was able to trim down the Lady Buc’s lead down to 24-21 at the half and 27-25 early in the second half, but only connected 7 out of 37 attempts from the hardwood in the second half.

Head coach Terry Fowler said the struggle from the floor was the difference in the game.

“We couldn’t make a shot-we shot 23 more shots than they did and we were really struggling,” Fowler said. “I thought it was our mental toughness, but I told our kids we will have to regroup and fix the problem and get ready for Delta on Saturday.”

The second half mirrored the first half, with the Lions scoring another 21 points, and hitting 1-11 from three-point range.

The 42 points scored by the Lions was the team’s lowest total since a 78-39 defeat to Northeastern State in the 2009-10 season.

“There is a big difference coming back home to play versus on the road,” Fowler said. “It’s just a different environment-if you look across the country at any level, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Division II, High School, it is more difficult playing on the road than at home.”

Both UNA basketball teams will face GSC foe Delta State at Flowers Hall Saturday.

Tipoff for the women’s game is at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.