CLEVELAND, Tenn. | The University of Alabama in Huntsville women’s basketball team battled in a tightly contested regional crossover game Friday afternoon, but ultimately would fall to Saint Leo by a 76-67 score. UAH starts the year at 0-1, while SLU begins the season at 1-0.
Selena Pruitt led the Chargers in scoring with 20 points on the day after going an impressive 5-for-8 from beyond the arc, while Jirah Rogers joined her in double figures as she went 5-for-6 from the field while scoring 14 points and also adding five rebounds for good measure.
Sloan Mann led the Chargers on the boards with seven rebounds.
UAH would go back and forth with Saint Leo in the first few minutes of the game, but the Lions would see themselves holding a 19-15 lead at the end of the first after shooting 50.0 percent in the opening quarter. UAH would find itself down by as many as 11 in the second stanza and trailed 35-25 with just under three minutes remaining in the period, but the Chargers would go on a 7-0 run capped off by a Rogers 3-pointer at the buzzer to create a 35-32 score at the break.
Though the Chargers would shoot 60.0 percent from the field in the third, Saint Leo would still hold a 56-53 advantage going into the fourth, and while the lead would exchange hands four times in the early minutes of the final quarter, the Lions would outscore UAH 20-14 in the period to secure the 76-67 win.
For the contest, UAH connected on 41.1 percent of its attempts from the floor while holding the Lions to a 37.5 percent shooting performance. Saint Leo won the rebounding battle by a 44-36 margin and capitalized on that by outscoring the Chargers 23-7 in second-chance points.
Amanda Ulrich led Saint Leo with 18 points, while Tori Lesko registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
UAH will now look ahead to its second game in the regional crossover, as the Chargers will go head-to-head with Sunshine State Conference opponent Florida Southern on Saturday.
Tip-off in Cleveland is slated for 12 p.m. CT.