FLORENCE, Ala. (roarlions.com) – The University of North Alabama women's basketball team eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second time this season during a 120-38 home win over Oakwood Thursday evening at Flowers Hall. Five players reached double figures in scoring as the Lions improved to 6-2 on the year and upped their scoring average to a nation-leading 91.8 points per game.
As a team, UNA hit 16 three-pointers, just missing the school record of 17 set in 2008. The Lions did have 35 three-point attempts, tying a school record set in the 2009 and 2017 seasons. After falling at home to Samford on Nov. 27, UNA has won its last three games by an average of 45 points.
North Alabama faced an early 8-2 deficit before taking control near the end of the first quarter. Back-to-back treys by Oliva Noah and Emma Wallen gave the Lions their first lead at 13-11 with 3:47 remaining. A basket by Jaila Roberts later capped a 13-0 run and gave UNA a nine-point lead.
A basket by Oakwood at the 2:01 mark cut the deficit to 20-13, but the Ambassadors would not score again in the period. Wallen added eight more points as the Lions closed the quarter with 13 straight points to grab a 33-13 lead.
Eight different UNA players scored in the second quarter as North Alabama extended its lead. Noah scored 10 of her season-high 18 points in the frame, connecting on a pair of three-pointers, as well as two layups. The Lions led 59-24 at the break.
Oakwood made just three shots from the floor in the second half. The third quarter proved to be the most dominating for the Lions. A 33-7 spurt pushed the lead to 61 points. The Ambassadors had 12 turnovers in the period. Seven different UNA players scored in the fourth quarter as the lead reached as many as 83 points in the closing minutes. Oakwood was 1-for-7 from the floor in the final frame.
For the game, UNA forced 39 Oakwood turnovers and converted them into 55 points. The Lions also held a commanding 53-20 rebounding advantage and outscored the visitors 56-16 in the paint.
Wallen finished with a team-high 26 points. The senior from Anderson was 7-for-10 from three-point range. Jaida Bond also scored 12 points for the Lions while Brittany Panetti and Ansley Eubank added 11 points each.
UNA will have a 12-day break before playing on Dec. 17 at Alabama State. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. on the ASU campus in Montgomery.
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