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CARROLLTON, Ga. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville women's basketball team fell on the road at West Georgia on Thursday evening, dropping a 51-48 decision to slip to 8-12 (5-5 Gulf South Conference). UWG improves to 12-6 (6-4 GSC) with the victory.
The Lady Chargers were trailing 25-16 at the halftime break after shooting just 19.2 percent in the opening period, but the team would completely own the opening minutes of the second stanza.
Jordan Smith hit a triple to spark what ended up being a 12-0 run with a Bailee Robinson layup producing a 26-25 lead, and when Jasmine Hammon made a shot fall at the 15:49 mark, the Lady Chargers were up 28-25 – the biggest lead the visitors would enjoy in the contest.
Hammon would close the night leading all scorers in the game with 19 points while also collecting 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, and Smith would join her in scoring in double figures as she poured in 11.
With the score tilted in UAH's favor at 30-27, West Georgia would score the next eight points to take a 35-30 lead, but the Lady Chargers prevented the hosts from pushing any further away than six points during the rest of the period, setting up another exciting finish.
Trailing 48-42, the Lady Chargers scored five consecutive points – a run that was punctuated by a Hammon layup at the 1:12 mark to pull the Lady Chargers within one at 48-47, and though West Georgia struggled at the charity stripe in the final minute, UAH was unable to push back in front.
Both teams struggled shooting as UAH outshot West Georgia by a 26.9 percent to 25.5 percent margin, but UWG outrebounded the Lady Chargers by a 49-40 clip including a 15-11 edge on the offensive glass. One of the differences in the game, West Georgia outscored UAH 10-5 in second chance points.
The Lady Chargers will look to snap the four-game slide when they travel to West Alabama on Saturday.