West Florida handles women’s team

Freshman Ivy Wallen looks to pass the ball during the North Alabama Women’s game against West Florida. Wallen scored a team-high 12 points, but it was not enough as UNA fell to the Argos, 75-51.

West Florida was too much for North Alabama, as the Argos scored 40 points in the paint to defeat the Lions, 75-51.

The Lions shot 29 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from three-point range, including an 0-11 mark in the second half.

“We had some good looks, but we couldn’t get anything to fall in,” said freshman guard Emma Wallen.

The No. 23 Argonauts, who are atop the Gulf South Conference standings with a 15-4 record, thrived on double-doubles from forwards Toni Brewer and Katie Bobos, as the two combined for 35 points and 26 rebounds.

UWF clinches a GSC tournament home game in the first round, while the Lions (17-8, 11-8 GSC) are still fighting to get in, sitting in fifth place.

West Florida started the game with a 9-0 run to gain the early advantage. UNA shot 2-15 from the floor in the first quarter, giving the Argos a 19-8 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Lions started the second quarter with a 10-0 run with two key three-pointers, but West Florida went into halftime with a 35-28 lead.

From there, West Florida would not look back, as it extended its lead to 54-39 heading into the fourth quarter. UWF outscored the Lions 40-23 to seal the win.

Ivy Wallen and KeKe Gunter led the Lions with 12 points apiece, while Michaela Dekilder added 13 rebounds in the loss.

The Lions will play Valdosta State (17-8, 14-5 GSC) at home for senior night Saturday at 1 p.m.

“We play one game at a time, so this game is in the past and we have to get ready to play Valdosta,” Wallen said.