Lady Chargers Fall to No. 20 Florida Southern

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville was defeated by host No. 20 Florida Southern, 78-69, Monday night at the FSC Terrace Hotel Classic at Jenkins Field House. The loss dropped UAH to 7-2 on the year, snapping a five-game winning streak, while FSC improved to 8-2 on the season.

The Lady Chargers were led on the night by sophomore Jordan Smith who poured in 20 points. Smith has impressively scored in double digits in every game this season. Joining Smith in double figures was junior Bailee Robinson and sophomore Jasmine Hammon, scoring 14 and 13 points, respectively.

In addition, junior Natalie Kelley pulled down a career-high and game-high 16 rebounds. It is the fifth time this season the junior has posted double digits in rebounding.

UAH led by as many as 11 points in the first half, holding a 33-22 advantage with 4:44 remaining in the opening frame. The Lady Chargers largest lead in the second half was nine at the 13:15 mark.

From there, FSC began to chip away and eventually tied the game, 52-52, with 10:20 remaining. FSC pushed its lead out to 10 points by way of a 13-3 run over the next four minutes and 46 seconds.

The Moccasins never relinquished the lead en route to a nine-point victory, 78-69. The Lady Chargers were outscored 49-35 in the second half.

The Lady Chargers struggled in shooting from the floor in the second half, connecting on just 28 percent (13-of-45) of their shots while the Moccasins were able to put UAH away by making 53 percent (14-of-26) of their shots.

UAH will have one final tune-up before conference play starts, hosting Tennessee Temple on Dec. 31. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. CST at Spragins Hall.