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The University of Alabama in Huntsville women's
basketball team used a strong showing from beyond the arc to snap a four-game
slide as the Lady Chargers knocked off host West Alabama 74-69 on Saturday
afternoon. UAH improves to 9-12 (6-5 Gulf South Conference) with the victory,
and West Alabama slips to 9-10 (4-7 GSC).
The Lady Chargers started out completely on fire from downtown as the team hit five consecutive 3-pointers to start the game with Morgan Duncan and Bailee Robinson both hitting a pair and Jordan Smith making the other.
The spurt of 3-pointers produced a 15-11 advantage for the Lady Chargers at the 13:01 mark, but West Alabama would pull even at 23-23 with 8:56 left in the half.
UAH then would outscore the hosts by a 16-8 margin over the rest of the half, building up as much as 10-point lead before going to the half up 39-31.Shooting at a torrid 80.0 percent from downtown, the Lady Chargers finished the half going 8-for-10 from long range.
Cooling off somewhat, the Lady Chargers found themselves in a 63-63 tie with 6:47 remaining in the contest, but UAH scored the next four points and would go 5-for-6 from the charity stripe in the final moments to secure the victory.
Jasmine Hammon scored the bucket that pushed UAH out in front for good, and she finished the night with a team-best 23 points including an 11-for-14 from the free throw line to go along with four steals. Hitting six of the team's 12 3-pointers, Jordan Smith scored 22, and Morgan Duncan also scored in double figures as she tallied 10.
West Alabama – who was led by Nikkia Jordan's 25 points – outshot UAH by a 39.1 percent to 37.9 percent margin, but it was the 12-for-22 (54.5 percent) showing from behind the 3-point line that guided the Lady Chargers to victory.
UWA collected 41 rebounds compared to UAH's 39 – seven of which belonged to Natalie Kelley as she paced the team.
The Lady Chargers will now return home to face Valdosta State on Thursday.