UNA sweeps Falcon hoops

Published 11:04 am Friday, February 13, 2009

The University of North Alabama swept the University of Montevallo in a Gulf South Conference men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader Thursday, taking down the women, 69-62, and men, 80-67.

UM’s women (7-15, 3-4 GSC East) out-rebounded the UNA and secured a 78.9 percent success rate from the free-throw line, but were unable to come away with the win. The Falcons led the Lions until the 7:06 mark; however the Lions shot 50 percent from the field to edge the Falcons, who struggled at 33.8 percent shooting.

Carrie Parrott led UM with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Katie Vanderhyden and Manal Cali also captured double-figures, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Opening the game brightly, the Falcons took the initiative stretching to a 10-2 lead by the 16:18 mark as Vanderhyden scored a run of 7 points. They held onto this advantage until the 07:06 mark as the Lions tied the game, but a successful free-throw from Cali edged the Falcons 24-23. The game remained close, with sophomore Kristen Seigenthaler shooting a basket with one second remaining in the first-half, but the Lions took a 38-33 lead into half-time.

Half-time saw a resurgence by the Falcons as they immediately closed the gap to 35-38 through Shan Jones (Hartselle, Alabama), and proceed to go on a run of 8 points to regain the lead, 43-41, as Aurelie Derenoncourt shot for three. However, the 14:43 mark saw the Lions gain back the lead, and this proved to be the turning point in the game as the Falcons fought hard but were unable to recover, falling 69-62, as the Lions hit 58.8 percent from three-point range.

In the men’s game, Freddy Little led Montevallo with 16 points, while Nate Flowers had 12 points and Terrill Humphrey had 10 points.

The Falcons trailed the entire game, keeping it within 10 points for the first seven minutes but the Lions gradually built their lead to as much as 15. The Falcons were able to cut it to just nine at halftime, 38-29.

The Lions quickly built up a 19-point lead early in the second half. Down by 17 with 13:19 remaining the Falcons went on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to just nine but the Lions responded and kept a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

The Falcons return to action Saturday, Feb. 14 to host the University of West Georgia with the women at 1 p.m. and men at 3 p.m.