Falcons drop second women’s hoops exhibition

The University of Montevallo dropped its second preseason exhibition to a Division I opponent Saturday, falling to the University of Alabama-Birmingham, 74-45, in Bartow Arena.

Four Blazers scored in double figures, led by senior guard Britney Jones with 17.

UAB dominated from the beginning, jumping out to a double-digit lead, 14-4, with 11:10 remaining in the first half on a three-point bucket by sophomore guard Amanda Peterson. The Blazers’ biggest lead of the half, 34-15, came at the halftime buzzer when Jones hit a trey to give UAB a 19-point lead.

The Blazers continued to pull away from Montevallo, eventually taking a 30-point lead on a layup by freshman forward/center TaRonda Randall with 7:33 left on the clock.

Montevallo hit 13.3 percent of its shots in the first period and ended the game shooting 20.6 percent overall. The Falcons put 26.3 percent of their three-pointers in the bucket and made 66.7 percent of their free throws. UAB, however, hit 48.8 percent of its shots in the game, including a 48.8 percent performance in the second half. The Blazers also connected on 10-of-28 from three-point range (35.7 percent) and sunk 12-of-14 from the free throw line (85.7 percent).

In addition to Jones, Peterson also scored in double figures with 13 points, including a trio of 3-point baskets. Junior guard Fatiha Salaam tallied 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting and Simpson contributed 10 points against the Falcons.

Tiaren Young was Montevallo’s lone player to score in double figures with 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Manal Cali led the Falcons in rebounds with eight, while also tallying two points.

UM opens its season Nov. 15 against Berea College in the UM Coca-Cola Classic. UAB will open its season Nov. 14 against Stetson at noon.