West Alabama women fall to UAH

Published 9:42 am Monday, February 4, 2013

LIVINGSTON – Jasmine Hammond and Jordan Smith combined for 45 points and Alabama-Huntsville was hot from the three-point arc on the way to a 74-69 Gulf South Conference women’s basketball victory over West Alabama at Pruitt Hall Saturday.

The Lady Chargers snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 9-12 overall, 6-5 in the GSC. West Alabama dropped to 9-10 and 4-7.

UAH built a 39-31 lead after making 8-of-10 three-point attempts in the first half. The Lady Chargers made 12 of their first 20 from long range in the first 30 minutes of the game before finishing 12-of-22 (54%) for the game. UAH shot just 37 percent overall from the field.

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“When somebody comes into your gym and shoots like that from three it can make for a hard night,” UWA head coach Craig Roden said. “Give them credit. They knocked them down even when we had them covered.”

In spite of UAH’s long-range barrage, West Alabama battled back from 11 points down to tie the game at 63-63 with 6:45 left. The Tigers couldn’t take the lead down the stretch, however, missing three of four free throw attempts in the last 38 seconds. UWA shot just 65 percent (15-23) from the line for the game.

Nikkia Jordan scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Tigers. Synthea Reed added 12 points and had nine rebounds to follow Jordan. Tamya Thompson chipped in 10 points for West Alabama.

“I thought we played as well as we have in the last three weeks,” Roden said. “I may change my mind when I look at the video, but for the most part we were where we were supposed to be on defense and did what we needed to do on offense.”

Morgan Duncan was the only other Lady Charger to score in double figures with 10 points. Natalie Kelley had seven rebounds for UAH.

West Alabama has a week of before traveling to West Georgia on Saturday.