UNA Women’s basketball lose to Delta State

The Lions’ offensive struggles continued as the team fell to Delta State at home, picking up their second straight Gulf South Conference loss.

The Lions (10-7, 2-4) shot below 30 percent as a team for the second consecutive game and were 3-of-18 from the three-point line as Delta State (11-4, 5-1) cruised to a 67-45 victory, led by Veronica Walker’s 29 points.

“I thought we got the shots we wanted, but we just weren’t making any of them,” said head women’s basketball coach Terry Fowler. “The ball just kept rolling around the rim and not going down. See, shooting is contagious. If one person is not making them, everybody is not making them.”

The Lions scored a season low 16 points in the first half, putting themselves in a hole going into the second half trailing 27-16. Delta State then pulled away in the second half by leading as much as 25 points and the Lions could not get any closer than nine points.

Nichelle Fillmore led the Lions in scoring with 14 points, but was just 6-for-14 from the field and added 10 rebounds on the game.

“She played against some great size and against an All-American in Veronica Walker, who has just about every trick in the book,” Fowler said. “(Fillmore) is just a sophomore, and this is a learning experience for her going forward.”

The Lions will be back at home Tuesday night with tipoff set for 6 p.m. against a non-conference opponent Concordia-Selma before getting back in conference play next Saturday against rival Alabama-Huntsville, also at home.