Jasmine Hammon scored 29 points, the team kept pace on top of the Gulf South Conference standings, and the UAH women's basketball team breached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 1985 as it defeated Christian Brothers by an 80-72 score on Sunday afternoon at Canale Arena. The victory pushes UAH to 20-4 (11-2 GSC), while CBU falls to 5-20 (2-11 GSC). The 1984-85 team finished the year with a 20-6 mark.
The Lady Chargers never trailed in the first half as the team outscored the hosts 24-11 over the first eight minutes with Hammon scoring eight of her team-best 15 first-half points during the span to key the run.
After a 7-0 run by the Lady Bucs pulled the hosts to within six at 24-18 near the midway point of the opening period, the Blue and White controlled play through much of the rest of the half as the team capitalized on 13 CBU turnovers by scoring 17 points off of the miscues, and the Lady Chargers led 43-32 at the halftime break.
With Christian Brothers threatening to pull back within single digits and on a 6-0 run in the second half, Morgan Duncan hit a trey from the corner with 12:39 remaining in the contest to put the Lady Chargers up 58-44, and the 3-pointer was one of four Duncan would hit on the day as she finished 4-for-6 from downtown.
UAH would continue to lead comfortably in double digits until the waning moments of the game when the Lady Bucs pulled as close as seven points at 79-72 with 1:07 remaining but the hosts could pull no closer as Natalie Kelley grabbed a key offensive rebound with under 30 seconds to go to help preserve the victory.
Hammon finished the contest as the game's top scorer, while Duncan's sharpshooting helped her pour in 20 points on the afternoon. Rounding out what was a trio of double-figure scorers for UAH, Bailee Robinson chipped in with 11 on the afternoon.
Hammon matched her career-best in points with the 29, while Duncan's 20 points are the best in the Blue and White for her. Kelley led all players in the contest on the glass as she grabbed 10 rebounds.
As a team, UAH outshot the Lady Bucs by a 41.0 percent to 38.7 percent margin, and the Lady Chargers were a strong 22-of-27 from the charity stripe in the contest. Using strong perimeter defense, UAH did not allow CBU to hit a 3-point attempt on the day, holding them to an 0-for-8 performance from beyond the arc.
The Lady Chargers will quickly hit the road up to the Hoosier State where the team will take on Oakland City on Monday at 5 p.m., and the team will return home on Saturday to battle North Alabama looking to grab at least a share of the GSC regular season title.