FLORENCE – Every player on the North Alabama roster scored on the night as the Lion women's basketball team routed Alabama-Huntsville 101-47 Thursday evening at Flowers Hall. UNA shot a blistering 67.2 percent from the floor to reach the 100-point plateau for the first time since the second game of the 1997-98 season. The win gives the Lions a 16-13 record as the team wraps up Gulf South Conference play with an 8-2 league record. With the loss, UAH falls to 4-19 overall and 1-8 in GSC play.
On Thursday, UNA wasted little time racing out to a big lead. A three-point basket by Sanqueeta Meardith made the score 17-7 at the 15:13 mark and the Chargers never got the deficit to single digits again.
A jumper by Jameica York made the score 50-20 with 3:27 remaining in the first half. The Lions added six more points and took a 56-20 lead at the break. UNA closed the opening half on a 16-4 run.
The lead only grew larger over the final 20 minutes of play. A layup by Sequoyah Cliff gave the Lions a 47-point advantage at 69-22 with 14:12 remaining. The lead reached 50-plus points at the 4:23 mark on a layup by Lacy Lewis to make it 92-41.
Sequoyah Cliff put North Alabama over the century mark with a pair of free throws in the final 30 seconds.
Brianna Abrams led the Lions with 16 points on the night. Meardith and Niala Harris added 15 points each while Lewis tossed in 10 points for the game.
UNA got its big lead at the half by going 24-for-34 (70.6 percent) from the field. Other statistics told the story of the blowout. The Lions outscored UAH 64-10 in the paint and forced 25 Charger turnovers that led to 36 points. UNA also held a 36-21 advantage in rebounding and got 13 second-chance points.
With the big lead, several reserve players so action for the Lions. The UNA bench accounted for 56 points.
The Lions will close out the regular season on Saturday by hosting Lambuth. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at Flowers Hall.