By Carl Prather| January 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM CST - Updated July 11 at 2:21 AM
The University of Alabama in Huntsville women's basketball team fell in a closely contested game on Thursday night, dropping an 80-67 decision to host Union. The Lady Chargers slide to 8-9 (5-2 Gulf South Conference) with the setback, and Union improves to 10-4 (5-1 GSC).
The hosts maintained a comfortable lead through much of the first 11 minutes of the opening half, building up a 20-13 advantage at the 9:19 mark, but the Lady Chargers would rip off a 9-1 run over a stretch of time that was less than three minutes to gain their first lead of the game at 22-21 with 6:32 remaining in the opening period.
From that point, the lead would change hands twice and the contest would be tied three times, and behind the strength of 14 points from Jasmine Hammon, UAH would take a 33-32 lead to the locker room at the break.
Out of halftime, the lead would alternate teams four times before the Lady Chargers built up a 47-44 lead at the 14:00 mark after Jordan Smith hit one of three 3-pointers she would make in the contest.
Unfortunately, Union answered with a 12-1 run to tilt the contest in its favor at 59-51 near the halfway point of the period, and though UAH would pull to as close as four points, the advantage for the hosts would balloon to as many as 11 points in the final stages of the 80-67 game.
Hammon finished the night with 22, and Smith poured in 16 as the pair represented the only Lady Chargers that would score in double figures.
Union featured four in double digits led by Amy Philamlee who matched Hammon with 22 points on the night.
The Lady Bulldogs outshot UAH by a 47.2 percent to 33.8 percent clip on the night, while the rebounding margin was a slim 41-40 in favor of Union.
UAH will look to bounce back from the setback when it returns home on Saturday to face rival North Alabama. Tip is slated for 5 p.m.