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The University of North Alabama women's basketball team got career highs from Nichelle Fillmore (23 points) and Mekena Randle (17 rebounds) in a 66-58 Gulf South Conference win over West Alabama Saturday at Flowers Hall.
With the win, the Lions improve to 13-6 overall and 6-3 in league play to remain tied for first place in the conference standings. West Alabama falls to 8-9 overall and 3-6 in league action.
On Saturday, Fillmore had 15 first-half points as the Lions rallied from a 30-28 deficit at the break. With both teams struggling to score, UNA used a 14-6 run to open the second half and grab the lead for good.
A three-point basket by Lauren Faris gave North Alabama a 37-35 lead with 15:41 remaining and the Lions never trailed again. UNA led by as many as nine in the second half but could never pull away.
West Alabama stayed within striking distance by dominating the boards. The Tigers held a 47-41 advantage in rebounding, including 19 offensive boards that led to 16 second-chance points.
Randle added 11 points for her 11th double-double of the season while Faris connected on four free throws in the final 35 seconds to finish with 12 points for the Lions.
UNA will hit the road for its next two GSC games. The Lions will play at West Florida on Thursday before playing at Valdosta State the following Saturday.