For second consecutive year, Delta State bumps Ala.-Huntsville from tourney
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - For the second consecutive season, Alabama-Huntsville was put out of the NCAA tournament by in-conference rival and perennial Division II powerhouse Delta State 81-58 on Saturday at the Don Taft University Center on the campus of Nova Southeastern.
Brittany Roberts led all scorers with 22 points as Delta State put four players in double figures.
The game started with a Delta State (21-9) 10-0 run with the Lady Chargers not recording their first basket until the 13:16 mark of the first half when Kendra Jones knocked in a fade-away jump shot. The two teams would trade baskets for the next 10 minutes until UAH went on a 7-0 run and would later tie the game.
UAH would take a three-point lead into the half at 30-27, but Delta State would come out in the second half on a mission.
“I thought the first couple of minutes of the second half were pivotal for Delta State. I thought they came out and really got into us defensively and physically. I don't think our response to that momentum was good as it was in the first half,” Heintz said.
The Lady Chargers went just over three minutes without a basket from the 8:28 mark to the 5:20 mark of the second half, allowing the Lady Statesmen to go on a 10-0 run and put the game on ice. The second half was an overall struggle for UAH, as the team went 0-for-5 from three-point land and just 10-for-30 from the floor. Delta State would have one of their strongest shooting halves of the season, going 15-for-26 from the field and making 32 trips to the free-throw line.
UAH (16-17) will end its season after winning its first Gulf South Conference Championship and its first NCAA tournament win.