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UWA women win overtime thriller

Contributed Report

LIVINGSTON- Senior Veronica Lee nailed a baseline jumper as time expired, lifting The University of West Alabama Tiger women’s basketball team to a thrilling 87-85-overtime victory at home Wednesday night against Arkansas-Monticello (0-1 overall) to open the 2005-06 regular season.

The Tigers missed two free throws with 0.1 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Lee took the inbounds pass just before half court with five seconds remaining and drove to the right side of the lane to hit the game-winning bucket.

Lee and Wennica Foster led UWA with 15 points apiece, while Ashton Washington added 14 points and Brandi Humphrey poured in 11 points. Washington ended with a team-high 12 rebounds as well as a team-best three steals. Humphrey added nine rebounds and Lee dished out a team-best seven assists.

As a team the Tigers shot 43.2 percent from the floor in the game, including a strong 55.6 percent from long-range, while holding UAM to 43.3 percent from the floor.

The Tigers also out-rebounded the Cotton Blossoms 50-35.

TeAundra Harden led the way for Arkansas-Monticello scoring a game-high 33 points, on the strength of 9-of-12 shooting from the field, while also connecting on 13-of-15 free throws. Jenna Thomas added 14 points, while Tasha Owens added 11 points. Harden also pulled down a team-best 12 rebounds and Theresa Tran chipped in with a game-high eight assists.

The Tigers, now 1-0 overall, take the court next when they travel to Pensacola, Fla., this weekend to take part in the West Florida Tournament. The team faces St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday, with tip-off scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

LIVINGSTON- After shooting only 39.4 percent in the first half and holding onto a slim 30-21 lead at the half, The University of West Alabama Tiger men’s basketball team responded by sinking 71.9 percent of its shots from the field in the second half, including 54.5 percent from long-range, en route to an 88-47 win over Wesley College (4-3 overall) Tuesday in the team’s regular season opener.

Joe Eatmon led the way for UWA, connecting on 5-of-8 shots from the field, including a stellar 4-of-6 from three-point range, to end with a team-high 14 points. Toby Coleman poured in 11 points, while Johnny Lewis added 10. Layton Knight grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while Kevin Murphy dished out a team-best six assists.

The Tigers shot 55.4 percent for the game from the field, including 40 percent from three-point range, while holding Wesley College to only 29.8 percent from the field. The Tigers scored 22 fast break points in the game, while holding Wesley College to only six fast break points.

Brandon Washington led the way for Wesley College, pouring in a team-best 14 points to go along with seven rebounds. Rodney McDonald added six points, while dishing out a team-high four assists.

The Tigers, now 1-0 overall, take the court next on Thursday night when they travel to Magnolia, Ark., to meet up with Southern Arkansas. Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.