Lions dominate Mississippi College

In the first rematch game of the season, the North Alabama women’s basketball team sought to avenge a 78-63 defeat at Mississippi College Jan. 14. The Lions did exactly that, handing the Choctaws a 110-81 defeat at Flowers Hall.

The game marked the first time since Nov. 17 that UNA scored triple digits, and broke the school record for most team combined points in a game.

This was also the most points scored by the Lions this season.

“I told them ‘The first time we played them, I don’t think that’s who we are,’” said Lions head coach Missy Tiber. “Tonight, I wanted to make a statement, not to (Mississippi College), not to the conference, but to ourselves.”

Freshmen guards Emma and Ivy Wallen put on a show. Emma Wallen led the team in scoring with 31 points, a career high, while Ivy Wallen was not far behind with 29 points, which tied her career high.

The two sisters accounted for 46 of the team’s 57 first half points.

“I went through a little slump at the beginning (of the season),” Emma Wallen said. “I think the team is well-rounded right now, and everybody’s accepted their roles really well.”

Junior forward Michaela DeKilder was the highest scorer not named Wallen. She had 12 points on the night on top of 11 rebounds in a double-double night, her third of the season. Junior guard Jaclyn Heath added a game-high seven assists.

The Lions get a day of rest before Delta State comes to Florence Jan. 28. They then travel to rival Alabama-Huntsville Jan. 30.