Sanders’ Buzzer-Beater Seals UAH 64-62 Victory over UWA Monday

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The University of Alabama in Huntsville women’s basketball team won 64-62 in dramatic fashion on Monday evening over West Alabama at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall as sophomore Aryn Sanders sank a buzzer-beater layup to seal the Gulf South Conference victory. UAH improves to 12-11 (6-10 GSC), while UWAS dips to 11-11 (8-7 GSC).
 
Turning Point
– Following a layup by West Alabama’s Kierra Groce that tied the contest at 62-62 with 5.8 seconds remaining, Sanders worked her way into the paint and sank a running shot with time expiring to give the Chargers the 64-62 victory.
 
Inside the Box Score
– Senior Chandler Elder had a spectacular performance in the victory, leading the Chargers with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor in addition to a team-high eight rebounds.
– The senior also chipped in one of the Chargers six steals while going 6-for-8 from the charity stripe and playing a game-high 36 minutes.
– Baylee Johnson followed Elder on the offensive end with 14 points on the night, with Sanders also joining them in double-digit scoring with 12 points.
– Four Chargers had five rebounds or more, led by Elder’s eight boards and Morgan Tipton with seven rebounds. Sanders and Katie Speegle each had five boards in the contest.
– Sanders and Tipton tied for the team lead in assists with three apiece.
– UAH held UWA to just 30.3 percent (20-66) shooting from the floor.
 
Noteworthy
– The Chargers opponent field goal percentage of 30.3 is the lowest by a GSC foe this season.
– Elder has scored 10 points or more in her senior season 13 times, and has played in 36 or more minutes in five of the past six games.
 
Inside the Flow
– After a back-and-forth affair to start the first quarter that had the squads tied 11-11 with 3:46 remaining, UAH went on a 14-0 run to close out the period to own a 23-11 lead.
– UAH maintained its lead throughout the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 16-14 in the stanza as the Chargers held a 35-27 advantage at the half.
– West Alabama was able to chip away at the Chargers lead in the defensive-heavy third quarter, slimming UAH’s advantage to 47-43 entering the fourth quarter.
– The Tigers went on an 11-6 run in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, leading UAH 54-53 with 4:54 remaining.
– Elder was key down the stretch for the Chargers as she scored six of her 18 points in the last five minutes of the win, prior to Sanders giving UAH the 64-62 win on Monday.
 
Next Time Out
– UAH returns to action on Saturday with the final road trip to rival North Alabama as a GSC foe.

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