Huntsville, Ala. - In an exciting contest between two rivals, the lead changed hands 14 times and the game was tied on 11 occasions as visiting North Alabama knocked off the University of Alabama in Huntsville women’s basketball team 81-69 on Saturday night at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall. The loss drops the Lady Chargers to 8-10 (5-3 Gulf South Conference), and UNA improves to 12-5 (5-2 GSC).
Neither team built up a significant advantage in the opening 20 minutes, and the Lady Chargers enjoyed their largest lead in the period at 13-8 after Morgan Duncan made a layup fall at the 11:10 mark.
UAH would maintain the five-point advantage until a 7-1 run for the visitors produced a 20-19 UNA lead with 7:29 left in the period. The Lions would eventually grab a six-point lead at 34-28 with 1:46 left, but the Lady Chargers trimmed the deficit to just 34-32 at the halftime break.
The contest remained tight in the opening moments of the second half, and the large crowd in attendance was treated to an exciting stretch in the middle minutes as Jordan Smith hit a trey to put the Lady Chargers on top 52-49 with 11:17 remaining, triggering a spurt of four triples – three of which came from UAH as Jasmine Hammon and Alysse Bishop also hit long-range shots – and when things relatively calmed down, the Lady Chargers were up 60-57 with 9:24 left in the contest.
A Hammon free throw with 6:41 remaining put the Lady Chargers up by four at 63-59, but UNA ripped off a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to grab a five-point lead – an advantage it would not relinquish as the team went 6-for-7 from the free throw line in the final minute to secure the victory.
Hammon led the Lady Chargers with 19, while Smith chipped in with 12 and Halle Jarnagin added 11. Natalie Kelley finished two points away from a double-double as she scored eight to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Lady Chargers were outshot by a 44.4 percent to 35.8 percent clip, and UNA won the battle on the glass by a 44-40 margin.
Mekena Randle led the Lions with 19 points and seven rebounds, helping the visitors outscore UAH 42-28 in the paint.
UAH will return to action on Saturday when the Lady Chargers travels to Rome, Ga., to face Shorter.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations