FLORENCE, Ala. - Fifth-seeded North Florida collected a 55-53 victory on fourth-seeded North Alabama's home floor in the ASUN Women's Basketball Quarterfinals on Friday night. The Ospreys were led by Jazz Bond who collected 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Bond swatted two of the Lions' shots in the final 26 seconds of the game to take UNF to its second-straight ASUN Championship Semifinals.
North Alabama took an early lead in the first quarter but the Ospreys kicked off a 9-0 run to end the first quarter with a 17-11 lead. UNF continued to hold the lead through halftime, despite the Lions chipping away at the deficit. North Alabama regained the lead in the third quarter before the Ospreys went on a second 9-0 run with six minutes left in the quarter. The fourth quarter found the two squads trading shot for shot to find the Ospreys with a one point lead in the final minute. Bonds' two blocks in UNA's last three possessions secured the victory for North Florida.
Three Ospreys tallied double figures with Bond, Janesha Green and Ty Purifoy combining for 34 of UNF's points. North Florida's defense held the Lions to just 15.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc, while Purifoy added three steals. ASUN Second Team All-Conference member, Brittany Pannetti tallied the game-high in scoring (19), blocks (4) and steals (4) for North Alabama.
UNF will go to Liberty to face the third-seeded Flames in the ASUN Championship Semifinals on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 PM ET on ESPN+. At 15-13 this season, North Florida improves on what is already the first winning record as a Division I team in program history. For North Alabama, its first season as members of Division I ends at 19-8, the third-straight season the Lions won at least 19 games.
ASUN Conference Women's Basketball Championship Notes
- The Lions fall to an overall record of 19-8
- Ivy Wallen and Kenysha Coulson both secured 11 points for UNA
- This marks the second-straight quarterfinal road win for Darrick Gibbs' Ospreys
- The Ospreys advance to 15-13 on the year as they head to Liberty
- The Ospreys and the Flames split the series in the regular season