UWA Lady Tigers show UNA no mercy

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 12, 2005

LIVINGSTON – The University of West Alabama Lady Tigers sent archrival University of North Alabama back to Florence with a bitter taste in their mouth after a 101-66 blowout win.

The Lady Tigers were hot on the floor as well as from the free throw line where they connected on 23 of 26 for the game. The Lady Tigers also placed five players in double figures.

Yolanda Thomas had a team-high 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor and a game-high eight rebounds. Veronica Lee scored 18 points to go along with two steals for the Tigers. Peaches Powe had 13 points with five rebounds, while Pam Brown added 11 points. Mallorie Kerby finished with 10 points, five boards and a game-high three steals for UWA. Marie Heacox dished out a game-high five assists to go along with three rebounds and three points.

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The Lady Tigers also received 50 points from the bench to go along with a strong performance by the starters.

The Tigers built a 19-point 49-30 lead at the half, connecting on 18-of-33 shots from the floor. West Alabama went on to outscore UNA 52-36 in the second half. The 101 points marked the first time a UWA women’s basketball team has scored 100-plus points in a game since 1994 against West Florida (105-92). The 35-point win was also the Lady Tigers largest margin of victory since 1998, when UWA defeated Lane College 82-43 (39 points).

Lauren Qualls had a team-high 19 points with three rebounds for the Lions. Karleigh Wall scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, while India Hackman added 13 points and five rebounds.

West Alabama moves to 8-6 overall and 1-1 in the GSC. The Lady Tigers, who have now won five of their last six, resume action on Saturday when they travel to face Lincoln Memorial with the tip-off set for 5:00 p.m.