The University of Alabama in Huntsville women's
basketball team fell in a heartbreaker on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 56-55
decision to Shorter on a shot in the final seconds. The Lady Chargers slip to
8-11 (5-4 Gulf South Conference), while Shorter improves to 11-6 (6-3 GSC).
Jasmine Hammon nailed a pair of free throws with 8.4 seconds remaining to provide her team with a 55-54 lead, but Shorter's Ieshia Alexander would lay it in on the other end with just 1.6 seconds on the clock to provide the hosts with the victory as they prevented UAH from having a clean look on the ensuing and final possession.
The Lady Hawks controlled play through much of the start of the second stanza, and Shorter held a nine-point advantage at 46-37 with 8:30 left in the contest.
UAH then ripped off a 14-3 run that included a pair of 3-pointers from Morgan Duncan and that was punctuated by a Natalie Kelley layup at the 2:16 mark to produce a 51-49 advantage for the Lady Chargers – the team's first lead in the game since the 3:54 mark of the first half.
Duncan finished the night as the game's leading scorer as she hit five of the team's nine treys en route to totaling 19 points.
Setting up the exciting finish, the lead would exchange hands five times in the final two minutes.
The first 20 minutes of the contest also featured numerous lead changes – six – as UAH had an 8-1 run in the middle of the frame that allowed the Lady Chargers to take their first lead of the game at 14-12 with 11:07 on the clock.
The Lady Hawks would hold a 28-25 advantage at the break.
Joining Duncan in double figures was Hammon who finished with 14 points to go along with four rebounds. Juanice Newton led the team on the glass with six rebounds as Shorter outrebounded the Lady Chargers by a 38-37 margin.
The Lady Hawks – who were led offensively by Kristin Nash's 14 points – shot 36.4 percent for the contest, while UAH shot 34.6 percent.
The Lady Chargers will look to snap their three-game slide on Thursday when they return to the Peach State to take on West Georgia at 4:30 p.m. CST.