CARROLLTON, Ga. – Despite a career performance from A’Kia Harris, the UWG women’s basketball team fell 74-63 to the 13th-ranked North Alabama Lions on Saturday afternoon in Gulf South Conference action at The Coliseum.
Harris scored a career-high 21 points on the night on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, and pulled down 13 rebounds for the junior’s fifth-career double-double.
West Georgia held a North Alabama offense that entered the game averaging over 86 points per game to just 74, but in the end couldn’t overcome a 42.9 percent second half from the UNA offense.
In the opening half, the Wolves led early, but the Lions would lead for the majority of the period. Seniors Kayla Carter and De’Ashia Jones combined to score all of UWG’s first 13 points as the Wolves trailed 18-13 at the first media timeout of the contest.
Despite the UWG defense holding North Alabama to 29 percent shooting, the Lions stretched the two point lead to a six-point halftime advantage. UNA led by as much as 11, but the Wolves wouldn’t just lay down that easy, junior A’Kia Harris led a 6-0 run to get right back in the game late in the half.
The first three minutes of the third quarter were an offensive struggle for the Wolves as UWG didn’t score until the 6:42 mark of the period. Meanwhile, the UNA offense used that dry spell to stretch their lead to 13, but again the Wolves refused to back down and kept up the intensity. Trailing by 13, the Wolves went on a short run of their own to cut it eight. Over the final three minutes of the period the two teams traded baskets until the Lions scored the last four points of the period to take an 11-point lead into the final quarter.
In the fourth, the Wolves went to chipping away, cutting the lead to five with a pair of Kayla Carter free throws at the 6:25 mark. Carter would again cut the lead to two with a free throw with 3:07 to play.
The Wolves would only hit one field goal from that point on as the Lions sealed the road win.
Along with Harris’ big day, Kayla Carter chipped in with 15 points, four steals and three assists, while De’Ashia Jones also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
UNA’s Ivy Wallen scored a game-high 34 points while Emma Wallen had 15 for the Lions.
West Georgia drops to 9-6 with the loss and 5-3 in Gulf South Conference play while the 13th-ranked Lions improve to 15-1 and earn their eighth GSC win at 8-1.
UWG's next action is set for Monday afternoon as the Wolves host UAH in GSC action at 2 p.m. in The Coliseum.