Slow start hampers Alabama State vs. North Alabama


FLORENCE, Ala. – Alabama State fell behind early and couldn't overcome a hot-shooting effort from North Alabama, falling 68-42 in Flowers Hall on Monday night.

North Alabama (4-0) and Alabama State (0-4) traded baskets to start the game as an Ayana Emmanuel three-pointer tied the game. However, the Lady Hornets would foul eight times in the first quarter to force the Lions into an early bonus situation, which pushed the lead to double digits to close the first quarter (17-7).

The Lions opened the second quarter on a 12-0 run and held Alabama State scoreless for a four-minute stretch until Kaeani Berry was able to connect on a layup with 4:28 left in the opening half.

In the second half, the Lady Hornets would get no closer than ten points, as North Alabama closed the third quarter on a 12-2 run, a deficit in which the Lady Hornets could not recover.

Jayla Crawford led Alabama State with 14 points on 50 (6-of-12) percent shooting from the floor, while Ayana Emmanuel added 10 – which included two three-pointers. Berry and Emmanuel finished the night with seven rebounds for the Lady Hornets, while Tyeisha Rudolph added six.

The Lady Hornets shot 29.1 (16-of-55) percent from the floor and 28.6 (4-of-14) percent shooting from beyond the arc, while also hitting 85.7 (6-of-7) percent from the free throw line. The Lady Hornets were forced into 33 turnovers in the loss. Meanwhile, the Lions shot 43.9 (25-of-57) percent from the floor and 21.1 (4-of-19) percent from beyond the arc. They shot 63.6 (14-of-22) from the free throw line in the victory.

Brittany Panetti led all scorers with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Ashley Eubank added 14 points.

- Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

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