HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville is now in full control of its destiny after downing Delta State, 71-57, on Thursday evening at Spragins Hall. As long as the Lady Chargers win their two remaining Gulf South Conference games against Christian Brothers and North Alabama, UAH will at least have a share of the GSC regular season title.
With the win, UAH improves to 19-4 overall and 10-2 in the conference while DSU falls to 17-5 on the year and 10-2 in league play. The victory not only gives UAH its first victory over the Lady Statesmen since the 1997-98 season – an eight-game losing streak, but it also snaps DSU's current 11-game winning streak while keeping the Lady Chargers undefeated at home this season.
Sophomore Jasmine Hammon led four Lady Chargers in double figures with her seventh double-double of the year – 12th of her career – by scoring a game-high 25 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Junior Natalie Kelley, who played just 23 minutes due to foul trouble, nearly posted a double-double of her own with 12 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Jordan Smith and junior Bailee Robinson added 16 points and 10 points, respectively.
DSU's Veronica Walker, the league's scoring leader, was held to just nine points – her lowest point total since Dec. 4, 2010 against West Georgia. With Walker failing to reach double figures, her streak of 47 consecutive games scoring in double figures is also snapped. Seneca Walton pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds for DSU.
The two teams battled for any advantage in the first half, with neither team getting any lead larger than UAH's seven-point lead at the 10:08 mark. DSU held as much as a five-point lead in the half but the Lady Chargers took a 41-38 advantage to the lockerroom at the break.
DSU scored the first two points in the second half, cutting the UAH lead to just one point but the Lady Chargers answered with a 8-0 run to take a nine-point lead, 49-40. With 6:48 remaining in the game and a 59-52 lead, UAH continued to expand the gap, using a 12-5 run to close the game and put away the Lady Statesmen.
As a team, the Lady Chargers connected on 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the floor on the night while limiting the Lady Statesmen to 37 percent (20-of-54). UAH moves to 8-0 on the year when shooting over 40 percent and 10-0 when keeping its opponent under 40 percent.
The Blue and White are the only team to score more than 65 points against DSU this year, and they did it twice after posting 74 in loss to the Lady Statesmen in the first meeting this season.
UAH returns to action with a two-game road trip, traveling to Memphis, Tenn., to face Christian Brothers on Feb. 19. From there, the Lady Chargers will head to Oakland City, Ind., for a matchup against Oakland City on Feb. 20. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. CST, respectively.