Women’s basketball wins big over Fisk

North Alabama junior guard KeKe Gunter looks to pass the ball in the Lion’s early season matchup against Alabama A&M at Flowers Hall. After beating Fisk, UNA is off to its first 3-0 start since 2013.

The North Alabama women’s basketball team improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2013 with its 88-42 win over the Fisk Bulldogs Nov. 23 at Flowers Hall.

Despite the high margin of victory, Lions head coach Missy Tiber said there is room for improvement.

“I was a little disappointed in us on the offensive end,” Tiber said. “I thought we were careless at times and got out of our philosophy. I think we can do much better than that.”

The Lions were most efficient with two point baskets, converting 45.6 percent of their field goals during the game.

However, shots from beyond the arch did not come often for UNA. The Lions made eight of 27 three-point shots during the game for 29.6 percent.

Despite these struggles, junior guard KeKe Gunter displayed her talents, leading the team with 22 points, while tying for a team high four steals.

“At the end of the day, we got the win,” Gunter said. “We had a few little mishaps, but we still played it out. Even though we had those few mistakes, we kept encouraging each other, and kept our momentum up. That’s the main thing that helped us win this game.”

The Lions defense kept the Bulldogs on their toes the whole game, limiting Fisk to shooting 25 percent on the night.

Junior forward Michaela DeKilder led UNA with 10 rebounds, followed by sophomore forward Katelyn Nunley with eight. Nunley also had four steals, to go with 11 points.

The Lions are off the next few days, but return to action Nov. 26 when they host Trevecca Nazarene in nonconference play.