West Alabama to host UAH on Saturday

Published 3:39 pm Friday, February 1, 2013

LIVINGSTON – The University of West Alabama men and women’s basketball teams wrap up a modest two-game homestand by hosting Gulf South Conference rival Alabama-Huntsville Saturday afternoon at Pruitt Hall.

The women’s game starts at 2 p.m. and the men’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students. UWA students are admitted free of charge with a valid student ID card.

The West Alabama women come into the game against a reeling UAH squad that has lost four straight games to slip to 8-12 overall, 5-5 in the GSC. UWA is 9-9 overall, 4-6 in the league after defeating Shorter, 60-46, on Thursday.

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The top two scorers in the Gulf South Conference will be pitted against one another in the women’s game. UWA wing Brittany Weathers leads the league at 20.5 points per game. UAH’s Jasmine Hammon is next at 18.4 per game.

West Alabama leads the GSC in defensive rebounding margin (+6.4) and blocked shots (89), while UAH is the top three-point shooting team in the league with 123 made in 20 games (6.2 pg). Interestingly enough however, West Alabama leads the GSC in three-point shooting percentage at .339 percent.

The UWA men face a tall order in hosting the 11th ranked Chargers, who are 8-2 to lead the GSC, 15-3 overall. The Tigers have lost two straight and are 7-10, 3-7 in league play.

A win over the first-place Chargers could be a season-changing victory for West Alabama, currently ninth in the GSC standings. The Tigers will continue to lean on guard Steven Samuels, who has scored at least 20 points in five of the last seven games. Samuels is coming off a career-high 25 points against Shorter on Thursday.

The UAH men have won two straight and are 6-0 on the road. The Chargers lead the GSC in free throw percentage (.756), field goal percentage (.399), three point field goal percentage (.407) and assists (16.7 pg).