Lady Tigers put cap on 20 win season

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 27, 2004

LIVINGSTON – Veronica Lee scored a team-high 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, as West Alabama won 95-67 over Miles College (6-19) on Thursday in Pruitt Hall.

West Alabama led by six points (42-36) at intermission, as both teams shot over 40 percent in the half. The Tigers would outscore the Lady Bears 53-31 in the second half to claim their 20th victory on the season.

Yolanda Thomas scored 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds for UWA. CeCe Glover had a career-high 10 points, while senior Randianne Sears tied her career-high with seven points. Seniors Nikki Jones and Margo Porter both scored in double figures with 15 and 11 points respectively. Lori Smith added 10 assists and three points for the Tigers.

Charon Donaldson had a game-high 24 points on 9-of-24 shooting from the field to lead the Lady Bears. Gwendolyn Swain scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Miles College, while teammate Malaika Knight contributed nine points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Tigers move to 20-6 overall. West Alabama will close the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Montevallo for a 5:15 p.m. tip off. The Tigers can wrap up an outright GSC Eastern Division Title with a win over the Lady Falcons.

On the strength of a career-best 32 points in an 83-76 win over West Florida on Monday, in a game that Head Coach Amanda Marks called one of the biggest wins she has had in her three-year UWA career, Tiger guard Veronica Lee has been named GSC East Division Player of the Week for the period ending on Feb. 24.

The win assured UWA of the number-one seed at the GSC Tournament in Tupelo, Miss., next week and gave Marks the chance to win her second outright GSC East Division Championship in three years if the Tigers can win over Montevallo on Saturday.

Lee, a sophomore from Columbia, Miss., averaged 21.5 points per game over a week that saw the Tigers open with an impressive 63-45 win over Valdosta State and close with a thrilling comeback win over West Florida. She shot 50 percent from the floor for the week (11-22), while making 18-of-22 shots from the free throw line (81.8 percent).

Lee has led the Tigers in scoring in 13-of-25 games and is currently the team leader, averaging 14.2 points per contest. West Alabama currently stands third in the South Regional rankings and with Thursday night’s win, have their second 20-win season in the last three years.