FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama women's basketball team jumped out to a big lead in the first half and rolled to a 78-62 Gulf South Conference win over Shorter Thursday evening at Flowers Hall. Three players reached double figures in scoring as the Lions improved to 11-9 overall and 8-8 in GSC play.
UNA led by as many as 22 in the opening half before settling for a 40-23 lead at the break. Delisa Madry was 5-for-8 from three-point range to score all 15 of her points in the opening 20 minutes of play.
The Lions wasted little time taking control, jumping out to an early 13-4 lead. After the teams traded baskets, Madry connected on back-to-back three-pointers to stretch the lead to 21-8 at the 9:10 mark of the first half.
The lead continued to grow, reaching 39-17 on a basket by Kaseama Ashbourne with 2:51 to play in the first half. Shorter closed the half on a 6-1 run, but did not score for the first 5:57 of the second half.
The Hawks would get no closer than 17 points in the second half until a pair of free throws with 19 seconds remaining accounted for the final score.
Jennifer Towne also scored 15 points for the Lions. Mekena Randle added 13 points while Janae Lyde dished out 11 assists on the night. Shorter (9-13 overall, 5-11 GSC) was led by Ieshia Alexander's game-high 20 points.
UNA will host Lee Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at Flowers Hall.