UNA women rally from 10 point deficit to beat Christian Brothers

UNA women rally from 10 point deficit to beat Christian Brothers

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.