Women’s basketball falls in season’s final home game

by Sports Editor Mike Ezekiel

It was not the ideal senior night for the women’s basketball team Saturday in Flowers Hall.

Down 34-26 at halftime, the Lions (5-21, 4-17 Gulf South Conference) put together a fourth quarter comeback that fell short, losing 68-64 against Christian Brothers in the final home game of the season.

“It was disappointing and frustrating,” said UNA coach Missy Tiber. “I feel like we should’ve won today, but we didn’t do what we should’ve been doing today.

After playing limited minutes the past three games, junior Tionne Herron stepped up for the Lions, finishing with 17 points and a couple of steals. Janae Lyde, the team’s only graduating senior, finished her career in Flowers Hall with a 12 point effort.

“(Lyde) is the emotional leader on the team,” Tiber said. “You obviously want her to go out on a good note, so it was hard not getting her a win today.”

Despite the loss, UNA shot 41 percent from both the field and behind the arc. The Buccaneers (11-14, 9-12 GSC) answered with a 47 field goal percentage to get the edge, including 26 points from junior Samantha Reeves.

“We had no answer for Reeves, and she torched us,” Tiber said. “We didn’t have that defensive intensity we have had.”

The Lions hope to close the season on a high note Feb. 27 with a road contest against rival Alabama-Huntsville. The last time the two teams faced, the Lions let the game slip away in the closing minutes, losing 63-55.