UNA women fall in GSC opener

Amy Philamlee scored 21 of her game-high 24 points in the second half as Union rallied for an 82-75 win over the University of North Alabama women's basketball team Saturday in the Gulf South Conference opener for both squads. With the loss, the Lions drop to 5-2 on the year and 0-1 in GSC play.

Philamlee, a junior from Jonesboro, Ark., had only three points at the break, while UNA had a 36-34 lead. In the second half, she was 7-of-8 from the floor and 7-for-7 from the free throw line to lead the comeback and pick up where she left off against the Lions last season. Against UNA last year, Philamlee scored 27 points in a 66-46 home win that completed a season sweep.

On Saturday, Union (5-1 overall, 1-0 GSC) had three players reach double figures in scoring and shot 53.7 percent from the floor.

Neither team led by more than seven points the entire game. North Alabama held an early 13-8 advantage before taking the two-point lead into the half. Prior to the final score, Union's largest lead came with 11:59 remaining in the game when a pair of free throws by Philamlee made the score 57-50.

UNA fought back and was able to tie the game at 75-75 on two free throws by Nichelle Fillmore at the 1:13 mark. The Lions, however, would not score again. The Bulldogs got three-point baskets on their next two possessions while UNA missed its final three shots from the floor.

Fillmore finished with 28 points to lead North Alabama. Delisa Madry connected on a trio of three-pointers and finished the game with 13 points while Jennifer Towne added 12 points for the Lions.

UNA will play two more GSC road games before returning to Flowers Hall. The Lions will play at West Georgia on Wednesday and at Shorter on Friday.