West Alabama women snap 11-game losing streak with win over UNA

Published 11:38 am Friday, February 28, 2014

Jada Williams scored 19 points as West Alabama snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 66-63 Gulf South Conference women’s college basketball victory over North Alabama Thursday at Pruitt Hall Gymnasium.

The win improves the Tigers to 5-20 overall and 2-17 in GSC play. North Alabama dropped to 13-12 and 8-11 with its fourth straight loss.

West Alabama limited UNA to just 33 percent from the floor in the second half and 37 percent (23-of-61) for the game while forcing 22 Lady Lion turnovers. UWA scored 20 points off UNA turnovers.

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“We did a good job defensively. Jada Williams and Malaka Johnson did a great job spacing and pinching,” UWA head coach Craig Roden said. “We kept them from killing us with the threes and did a good job adjusting to the things they like to do.”

The game featured seven ties and seven lead changes. West Alabama led 33-30 at the half.

“We did a good job taking care of the ball,” Roden said. “I wouldn’t have thought we could win and get outrebounded (43-34), but we did a good job holding them to lower shooting percentages.”

Williams converted 8-of-12 from the floor on the way to her game-high 19 points. Johnson followed with 13 points, followed by Quentinette Odom with 12. Jasmine Hampton collected nine rebounds for the Tigers.

Janae Lyde and Nichelle Fillmore scored 15 points each to lead UNA. Corinne White chipped in 13. Fillmore also grabbed 15 rebounds for the games only double-double.

West Alabama closes the regular season Saturday when Union visits for Senior Day. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. UNA ends it regular season Saturday at Alabama-Huntsville.