Lakeland, Fla. – Halle Jarnagin recorded her first career double-double and the University of Alabama in Huntsville women’s basketball team erased an 11-point deficit, but the team’s strong comeback effort came up just short as Florida Southern escaped with a 67-65 victory on Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Chargers fall to 5-5 on the season, while FSC improves to 5-4.
Jarnagin ended the contest with a game-best 21 points to go along with 12 rebounds – both season highs for the freshman from Brentwood, Tenn.
With the hosts leading 58-47 with 8:20 left in the game, the Lady Chargers went on an 11-4 run as Bailee Robinson scored eight of her 17 points to cut the margin to just four at 62-58 with 2:40 left in the contest.
Florida Southern answered with a trey to push its lead back out to 65-58, but the seven-point margin would not deter UAH who scored the next seven points including a game-tying shot from beyond the arc by Robinson that made it 65-65 with 34 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing possession, Taylor Maldonado was granted a pair of free throws and made both to put FSC ahead 67-65, and UAH was whistled for an offensive foul on the attempt to knot the game back up, sealing the game for the Mocs.
The Lady Chargers started the contest out strongly, building up a 22-12 advantage at the midway point of the opening period while limiting Florida Southern to shoot under 30 percent during the opening 10 minutes.
The shots started to fall for the hosts, however, and the Mocs would take a 39-35 lead into the locker room at the half.
Joining Jarnagin and Robinson in double figures was Jasmine Hammon who scored 14 despite having to sit for much of the first half as she found herself in early foul trouble.
Florida Southern shot 43.6 percent for the game compared to a 36.5 percent performance from the field for the Lady Chargers. The hosts also held a 40-35 advantage on the glass.
Both scoring 14, the Mocs were led by Kirstin McIntyre and Taylor Maldonado, and Morgan Lamberg matched UAH’s Jarnagin with 12 boards.
After the Christmas holiday, the Lady Chargers will return to action as they travel to Louisville, Ky., to take on Missouri S&T and Bellarmine on Dec. 30 and 31.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations