Valiant effort fizzles down the stretch in Lady Charger loss

Valdosta, Ga. - The Lady Chargers were in the game with a chance to end their lengthy losing streak, but a familiar slump struck late and Valdosta State pulled away for a 61-49 win. UAH fell to 3-14 and 0-4 in the Gulf South Conference with their sixth straight loss.

Both teams struggled from the field in the first half. UAH hit only 4-of-18 shots (22%), while VSU was worse at 20%, making only 7-of-35 fieldgoals. The result was a 20-20 score at halftime.

The game remained tight in the second half with neither team able to pull away. A 3-pointer by Andrea Bennett with 7:08 left, got the Lady Chargers with two at 48-46. But, UAH couldn't find the basket in the last seven minutes, while VSU went on a 15-2 run to put the game on ice.

Monica Boatwright led UAH with 15 points, while Bennett hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12.

Leschelle Matthews scored a game-high 17 points to lead Valdosta State (11-7 and 4-0). Sczeny Harty added 10 points, while Sierra Nixon tallied nine points and 16 rebounds and Tamika Booker contributed eight points and 11 rebounds.

As a team, the Lady Chargers were 14-of-44 for 31.8% from the field. Meanwhile, VSU shot 32.3 %, making 21-of-65 shots.The Lady Blazers also outrebounded UAH 47-34.

The Lady Chargers return home on Saturday, Jan. 30 to host West Alabama.