MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Five North Alabama players scored in double figures to lead the Lions to an 81-60 victory over Alabama State at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome Tuesday night.
Despite 14- and 13-point efforts from Ayana Emmanuel and Armani Smith, respectively, the Lady Hornets (3-7) were not able to keep pace with the fast-paced North Alabama (7-2) offense. Smith racked up stats in nearly every category, pulling down six rebounds and tallying three assists on top of her 13-point performance.
As a team, ASU shot 35.6 percent from the floor compared to an extremely efficient 57.7 percent for UNA.
The five Lions in double-digits combined to score 76 of the team’s 81 points in the contest. Kenysha Coulson led all players with a double-double, posting 20 points, 10 rebounds and adding five assists.
Things stayed close for most of the game, despite the Lions hitting six three-pointers in the first half. However, North Alabama pulled away with a strong fourth quarter in which it shot 70 percent from the floor.
– Sophomore Armani Smith had a career night on the hardwood, setting a career-high with 13 points. She also tied season-highs with six rebounds and three assists.
– Ayana Emmanuel took over the top spot as the team’s leading scorer this year after Tuesday’s performance, while also becoming the first Lady Hornet to eclipse 100 points this season.
– Every Alabama State player that played multiple minutes in the contest recorded at least one rebound, led by six apiece from Zomoria Clark and Armani Smith.
Alabama State will head out for its final non-conference game of the season after Christmas. The Lady Hornets will travel to face Ole Miss in Oxford on December 28; tipoff is set for 2 p.m. on SEC Network+.