HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville women's basketball team had four players score in double figures as the Lady Chargers defeated visiting Delta State by a 69-64 score on Saturday night at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall, taking over possession of first place in the Gulf South Conference in the process. UAH improves to 8-8 (5-1 GSC), while the Lady Statesmen slip to 8-5 (3-2 GSC).
North Alabama lost 54-49 in Florence to Union earlier in the day to allow the Lady Chargers to leapfrog past the Lions to the top spot in the league.
With the visitors enjoying their largest lead of the second half at 46-39 with 14:12 remaining in the contest, UAH ripped off an 8-0 run that was punctuated by a Shannon Steinert triple to pull ahead at 47-46 at the 12:22 mark of the period.
After the lead switched hands a couple times after that, Delta State built its advantage back up to 56-50 with 6:31 left, but the Lady Chargers would not be deterred.
Jasmine Hammon jumpstarted what ended up being an 11-2 run over the next three minutes with the first of two consecutive layups, and after a Halle Jarnagin basket and a pair of Jordan Smith free throws, Hammon took a pass from Juanice Newton and buried a 3-pointer at the 3:47 mark to put the Lady Chargers on top 61-58.
Jarnagin and Smith would combine for six free throws down the stretch, and a Bailee Robinson jumper with a minute left would help add cushion as UAH would not trail again in picking up the victory.
Smith paced the team in the contest as she scored 20, while Hammon added 15. Robinson went 4-for-7 from the floor in scoring 11, and Jarnagin rounded out the double figure scorers.
Helping her team outrebound the Lady Statesmen by a 44-41 margin, Jarnagin grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.
The Lady Chargers started the contest out strong, building up a quick seven-point lead at 11-4 after Robinson scored five straight points, but the team would end up shooting just 34.8 percent in the half while DSU shot 43.8 percent en route to holding a 34-30 edge at the halftime break.
For the game, the two teams were nearly even from the floor as UAH hit 37.7 percent of its shots, while the Lady Statesmen – who were led by Seneca Walton's 20 points – shot 37.5 percent from the field.
UAH will continue the tough stretch against the other top teams in the league when it makes a visit to Union on Thursday. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Jackson, Tenn.
Courtesy: UAH Media Relations