Lions remain perfect heading into holiday break

North Alabama forward Katelyn Nunley enters the game against Oakwood Nov. 17 at Flowers Hall. The Lions sealed a perfect 9-0 record headed into a holiday break with a 73-62 victory over West Georgia.

by Sports Editor Andrew Fulmer

The North Alabama women’s basketball team heads into the holiday break with an undefeated record after a 73-62 home victory over Gulf South Conference foe West Georgia Dec. 19.

The Lions (9-0, 3-0 GSC) shot 46.3 percent from the field, while the Wolves (3-4, 2-1 GSC) managed a 34.5 field-goal percentage.

UNA head coach Missy Tiber said she was pleased with the way the team picked their shots and executed against a stout defense.

“It feels really good (to get this win),” she said. “I was really worried heading into this game because they play 2-3 zone exclusively. To go in the locker room with 43 points at the half, I thought that was really good for our team.”

The Lions ended the first half with a 52 percent field goal percentage and 81.3 percent on free-throws, going 13-16. The defense limited the Wolves’ offense to 29 points and 11 total field goals to maintain a 43-29 lead.

Freshman guard Ivy Wallen led UNA in scoring once again with 26 points on 32 attempts. Wallen is the second leading scorer in the GSC with 21.6 points per game.

Wallen brought the home crowd to their feet at the end of the first half. With less than two seconds on the clock, Wallen lobbed up a shot from behind the half-court line and made the buzzer beater.

“It was the furthest one I’ve ever shot,” she said. “When I released it, I knew it was on target, but I didn’t know if it was short or not. It was an unbelievable feeling.”

UNA begins a 12-day break and returns to action Dec. 31 when they travel to Valdosta State for their first conference game away from Flowers Hall.