UNA women win at home over Shorter

Corinne White scored a career-high 22 points, including 16 in the first half to pace the University of North Alabama women's basketball team to a 66-53 home win over Shorter Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall. The third straight win gives the Lions an 11-6 overall record with a 6-5 mark in Gulf South Conference play.

White a junior from McDonough, Ga., was 8-of-12 from the floor with six three-point baskets. She added five rebounds and two assists as UNA avenged a 61-54 loss to the Hawks on Dec. 20 on the road.

On Saturday, the Lions used an 18-7 run to close the second half and never looked back. A three-pointer by White broke a 21-21 tie at the 6:30 mark in the first half and the Hawks would never pull even again. UNA added baskets by Jennifer Towne and Lauren Faris before another three-pointer from White capped a 10-0 run and gave the Lions a 33-23 lead with 2:11 remaining.

North Alabama took a 37-28 lead into the break.

In the second half, UNA used a 7-0 spurt to stretch the lead to 15 points. Following back-to-back three-point baskets from White and Faris, a basket in the lane by Nichelle Fillmore made the score 51-36 at the 10:25 mark. The lead remained double digits the rest of the way.

Town finished with 14 points and 10 rebound for her fourth double-double of the season. Faris added 13 points while Janae Lyde dished out six assists for the game.

Shorter (5-13 overall, 3-9 GSC) was led by Kristin Nash, who finished with 15 points on the day.

For the game, the Lions shot 43.4 percent from the floor with nine three-pointers. UNA also held a 43-34 advantage in rebounding.

UNA will host Union Tuesday evening. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Flowers Hall.