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The University of Alabama in Huntsville women's basketball team captured its first-ever title at the Gulf South Conference Women's Basketball Championships, throttling West Alabama 82-59 in a rematch of last year's final that UWA won. The Lady Chargers improve to 15-16 and have earned an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
Jordan Smith and Jasmine Hammon both scored 17 points in the contest while Bailee Robinson added 13, and all three were named to the all-tournament team with Smith earned the title of the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after she averaged 21 points over the weekend.
The team roared out to a 48-30 lead at the halftime break as the Lady Chargers had an incredibly strong start, beginning the game with a 19-4 run over the game's first nine minutes. Robinson hit three 3-pointers in the period to register all 13 of her points in the stanza,
Two of her treys came in a stretch of back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers for the team as Morgan Duncan hit the first one followed by Robinson's two, allowing the team build a 48-25 advantage with 1:35 remaining until the teams went to the locker room break,
Holding the Tigers to a shooting percentage of 28.6 percent, the Lady Chargers were equally impressive offensively in the first half as the team shot at a strong 55.9 percent clip including a torrid 5-for-10 from beyond the arc to establish a 48-30 lead at the intermission.
The Lady Chargers would cool down somewhat in the second half, and West Alabama – behind a 30-point showing from Nikkia Jordan – would close the gap to 14 at 71-57 with 4:29 remaining in the contest. UAH quickly responded though to end any hope of a comeback, scoring the next nine points to lead 80-57 with 1:18 left.
UAH finished the game shooting 46.3 percent while holding UWA to a 32.8 field goal percentage, and the Lady Chargers dominated the glass by a 50-31 margin. UAH dominated the game inside, outscoring UWA 30-28 in the paint, and the Lady Chargers capitalized on 12 UWA turnovers by turning them into 17 points.