UNA women take down rival UAH

Junior guard KeKe Gunter drives for a layup in North Alabama’s Gulf South Conference opener against Alabama-Huntsville. Gunter led the team in scoring with 21 points in UNA’s 70-66 victory over rival UAH as the Lions improve to 7-0 and 1-0 in Gulf South Conference play.

by Sports Editor Andrew Fulmer

Earlier in the week, North Alabama head coach Missy Tiber said the record books should be thrown out when rival Alabama-Huntsville comes to town.

That statement proved to be true, as the UNA women’s basketball team had to make a second-half comeback to secure the 70-66 victory over the winless Chargers Dec. 4 at Flowers Hall.

The Lions extended their winning streak to seven games to open the season 7-0 and 1-0 in Gulf South Conference play.

UNA trailed UAH at the end of the second quarter 39-31 after shooting 37 percent from the field compared to 64 percent from the Chargers.

“We had to make some adjustments in the second half,” Tiber said. “They were making some three’s that we were giving up. But I’ll tell you what, we challenged our kids in the third quarter to let the game play out and just do what we do on defense.”

The Chargers won the rebound battle 36-25, but their 26 turnovers led to 38 UNA points.

The Lions went 24-35 from the free-throw line, while limiting UAH to two made free-throws during the entire game.

UNA had three players eclipse double-digits in scoring, including two players to score at least 20. Junior guard KeKe Gunter finished with 21 and freshman Ivy Wallen added 20. Wallen’s fellow freshman sister, Emma, followed up with 12 points.

Gunter also tied for a team high six rebounds along with junior forward Michaela DeKilder.

Gunter said this win was special to her, especially after the difficult season the Lions endured last season.

“We’ve got some momentum,” she said. “We had a tough season last year, and we don’t ever want to feel that way again. So, I guess that’s pushing us to keep this little winning streak going.”

UNA improves to 52-22 all-time versus UAH with the victory.

The Lions play another in-state rival next when West Alabama travels to Florence Dec. 15.