Lions extend winning streak to six

Sophomore guard Savannah Stults drives for a layup in North Alabama’s final non-conference game against Auburn-Montgomery in Florence. The Lions finished up a perfect 6-0 start to the season with the 87-55 victory.

The North Alabama women’s basketball team extended their opening season win streak to six games when it defeated the Auburn-Montgomery Warhawks 87-55 at home.

After a slow start in the first quarter, the Lions hit their stride in the second building up a 12-point lead at the half, 37-25.

UNA then asserted their dominance in the second half, hanging 50 points on the Warhawks and limiting AUM to 30 points in the half to seal the victory for the Lions.

“I’m just thankful (for the 6-0 start),” said head coach Missy Tiber. “Last year was so difficult for all of us, but now after just a year, we’ve improved greatly. I’m happy for all of us.”

True freshman guard Ivy Wallen got back to her scoring ways, scoring a team-leading 23 points and also leading the team in rebounds with seven. Sophomore forward Katelyn Nunley was second in scoring during the game with 12 points.

“We worked really hard for this start to the season, and it’s paying off,” Nunley said.

Junior guard Jaclyn Heath failed to score, but made her impact elsewhere. Heath had a team-high nine assists on the night

The Lions were 10-30 on three point field goals, including two long-range field goals from sophomore guard Elise Holden in the first half and finished with eight total points.

UNA won the rebound battle handily with 45 total team rebounds while AUM had 24.

Up next for the Lions is rival Alabama-Huntsville in UNA’s Gulf South Conference opener. The Lions and Chargers are set to square off Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at Flowers Hall, followed by the men’s team at 4.