Strong Second Half Propels Lady Chargers To Victory
Huntsville, Ala. - Winning in its first time back at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall since Dec. 1, the University of Alabama in Huntsville women’s basketball team erased a big early deficit and picked up a 79-60 victory over visiting Christian Brothers on Thursday night. The Lady Chargers improve to 7-8 (4-1 Gulf South Conference), while the Lady Bucs slipped to 3-9 (0-4 GSC).
Jasmine Hammon scored 20 of her game-best 28 points in the second half as the Lady Chargers outscored the visitors by a 38-19 margin in the period to essentially cruise to the triumph.
The contest started out much differently, however, as Christian Brothers roared out of the gates and held a 17-4 advantage at the 15:51 mark of the opening stanza.
Responding to CBU’s early strong start, the Lady Chargers scored eight straight points – keyed by two consecutive treys from Jordan Smith – as part of a 14-2 run over a span of nearly four minutes that allowed UAH to pull within two at 20-18 with 12:18 left in the half.
After Christian Brothers pushed the lead back out to eight, UAH used another strong stretch that resulted in a 10-1 run that was finished by an old-fashioned 3-point play by Alysse Bishop producing the first lead of the night for the hosts at 28-27 with 6:19 remaining until the break.
The teams proceeded to exchange the lead seven times en route to a 41-41 tie at the half.
The contest remained tight through the first 10 minutes of the second half, but with the score tied at 55-55 with 10:21 left in the game, the Lady Chargers ripped off yet another impressive run as the team scored 12 consecutive points – punctuated by five straight from Morgan Duncan to make it a 67-55 game with 7:04 left.
UAH then would not look back as it earned its second consecutive victory.
Joining Hammon in double figures was Smith who scored 15, while freshman Halle Jarnagin registered her second double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds on the night.
For the game, the Lady Bucs – who were led by Breanna Ridgell’s 25 points – outshot the Lady Chargers by a 36.8 percent to 33.3 percent clip, and the visitors also outrebounded UAH 46-44.
The Lady Chargers were aided by 33 turnovers committed by the Lady Bucs – 22 of which were UAH steals. Hammon set a career-high with seven takeaways, and her team converted the miscues into 33 points.
UAH will continue conference play at home on Saturday when Delta State visits. Tip is slated for 5 p.m.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations
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