West Alabama opened the game with a 14-3 run and never gave up the lead during a 69-54 victory over host North Alabama Saturday afternoon in women's Gulf South Conference basketball action. UNA could get no closer than three points in the second half, falling to 12-9 overall and 3-6 in GSC play.
The Tigers (7-13 overall, 2-7 GSC) pick up their second win over UNA this season after hitting 8-of-9 three-point attempts on the day. Three-point shooting was not as easy for the Lions, who made just 2-of-15 attempts from long range.
Jasmine Horne was the lone bright spot for UNA on offense. The senior from Sheffield scored a game-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and a perfect 8-for-8 showing at the free throw line.
After trailing by as many as 11 early in the game, UNA trailed 31-19 at the break. The Lions were able to make runs on three different occasions to cut into the lead in the second half. The Tigers, however, answered each time—often from three-point range.
A pair of free throws by Horne made the score 42-39 with 11:51 remaining. West Alabama was able to respond with a pair of three-pointers to key a 10-2 run and regain a double-digit lead. The Lions would get no closer than five points the rest of the way.
Brittany Weathers led the Tigers with 20 points, while Synthea Reed pulled down 10 rebounds and set a school single-game record with 10 blocked shots.
UNA will be back in action on Thursday with a GSC road contest at West Florida. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. at the UWF Field House in Pensacola, Fla.