The University of North Alabama women's basketball team erased a 10-point deficit with 7:36 remaining to post a 53-46 win over Christian Brothers Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall. The win keeps UNA in third place in the Gulf South Conference standings with a 5-3 league record and sets up a showdown Monday evening against second-place Union.
On Saturday, UNA (8-4 overall) trailed 44-34 in the second half before using a 13-0 run to get back in the game. A jumper by Jennifer Towne, followed by two baskets by Mekena Randle made the score 44-40 with 6:01 left. After two free throws by KeKe Guner made it 44-42, the Lions got a turnover, followed by a three-point basket by Towne to give UNA a 45-44 lead at the 4:40 mark.
It was the first lead since going ahead 3-0 early in the game for the Lions. Another turnover by the Lady Bucs led to a fast-break layup by Randle to make the score 47-44 and CBU would never be able to catch up.
CBU ended the streak with a basket at the 1:35 mark to make it a one-point game, but would not score again. During the final 7:36 of playing time, the Lady Bucs were 0-4 from the floor with seven turnovers.
North Alabama picked up the win despite another dismal showing from three-point range. UNA was just 5-of-26 from beyond the arc. Towne, however, was 2-for-4 from long range and finished with 13 points. Randle added her second double-double of the season with a team-high 14 points and 13 rebounds. Five of her boards came at the offense end, including a missed jumper that she grabbed and fed to Towne for the go-ahead score.
The Lions trailed 24-21 at the half after shooting 21 percent from the floor with a 3-for-17 showing from three-point range.
Christian Brothers (5-10 overall, 3-6 GSC) was led by Breanna Ridgell and Rachel Lee, who scored 16 points each.
UNA will close out its four-game GSC home stand on Monday against Union. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Flowers Hall.