Jennifer Towne scored a career-high 35 points to lead the University of North Alabama women's basketball team to an 82-79 win over UAH Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall. The second straight win gives UNA a 10-6 overall record and 5-5 mark in Gulf South Conference play.
The Lions were down 48-40 at the break and trailed by double digits early in the second half before rallying for the win. UAH held a 71-63 advantage with 6:53 remaining before Towne went to work.
The sophomore from Jonesboro, Ark., scored the next 16 points for the Lions during a 19-8 run. After three straight baskets, Towne connected on 3-of-4 free throws following a UAH technical foul. The last foul shot made the score 75-72 with 5:28 to play. She followed with a three-pointer at the 3:40 mark and later tied the game at 77-77 with a layup with 1:33 remaining.
A steal by Corinne White set up the next UNA possession and another basket by Towne gave the Lions their first lead of the game in the final minute of play.
North Alabama got two free throws from Delisa Madry before a UAH basket cut the lead to 81-79 with 36 seconds remaining. Lauren Faris added another free throw to stretch the lead to three and the Chargers missed a pair of potential game-tying three-pointers in the final 15 seconds.
For the game, Towne went 14-of-20 from the floor. She added five rebounds and three assists with only one turnover. She scored 28 points in the second half to lead the Lion rally.
White added a season-high 13 points and seven rebounds for UNA. Madry had 11 points while Faris also reached double figures with 10 points. Dakota Doss was also 3-for-3 from three-point range, scoring all nine of her points in the first half.
Jasmine Hammon scored 27 points for the Chargers, who fall to 9-7 on the year with a 4-6 mark in GSC play.
North Alabama shot a blistering 62.5 percent from the floor in the second half. The Chargers held advantages in rebounding (49-41), points in the paint (49-32) and second-chance points (20-8). UAH, however, was just 4-for-19 from three-point range and shot 35 percent from the floor for the game.
UNA will host West Georgia on Thursday. The Lions won 84-66 on the Wolves' home floor on Dec. 18. Tip-off time is set for 6 p.m. at Flowers Hall.