HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville women’s basketball team earned a thrilling, come-from-behind victory in its conference opener, knocking off visiting West Georgia 58-53 on Thursday night at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall. The Lady Chargers improve to 4-2 (1-0 Gulf South Conference), while UWG slips to 3-3 (0-1 GSC).
Jasmine Hammon led the Lady Chargers and all scorers in the game with 27 points including 16 in the second half that help UAH erase a 16-point deficit.
West Georgia’s Mone Peoples hit a jumper for two of her team-best 13 points just over a minute and a half into the second stanza to put the visitors up by a 40-24 margin, but the Lady Chargers would score the next 10 points in the game to pull within six at 40-34 with 14:11 left in the game.
Jordan Smith scored four of her 12 points during the run.
The visitors would extend the lead back out to as many as nine points and were leading 53-47 with just over four minutes left in the game before the Blue and White would completely take over.
Hammon hit a pair of free throws at the 3:42 mark to pull the team within four, and an old-fashioned 3-point play for the junior with just over three minutes remaining in the contest moved the squad to within one at 53-52. Fouled on a defensive rebound on the next possession, Halle Jarnagin hit a free throw to tie the game, and a Hammon freebie with just 55 seconds left produced UAH’s first lead since the 8:45 mark of the opening stanza.
After Smith hit a pair from the charity stripe with 17 seconds left to make the UAH lead 56-53, Hammon would pick the pocket of Peoples and drive it to the basket for her final basket of the night while icing the contest for the home team.
For the game, West Georgia outshot the Lady Chargers by a slim 33.3 percent to 32.7 percent clip, and the Wolves outrebounded UAH by a 46-37 margin.
Joining Smith and Hammon in double figures was Natalie Kelley who was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line en route to scoring 10, and she also grabbed a team-best nine rebounds to just narrowly miss out on a double-double.
The Lady Chargers will return to action on Saturday when West Alabama visits. The game time for that contest is now slated for 6 p.m.
Courtesy: UAH Media Relations