By James Vallone
ROME -- The Lady Hawks claimed their fifth straight victory, four of which have been versus Gulf South Conference opponents, by defeating Alabama-Huntsville 56-55.
The last three of those conference wins have been by a single point, with the Lady Hawks scoring the final points all within the final 20 seconds of play, including tonight as Ieshia Alexander connected on a layup with two seconds to play.
Karisma Boykin intercepted the inbound pass at mid-court as time expired, sealing the victory for the Lady Hawks.
The Lady Hawks would build as much as a nine point lead in the second half, before the Lady Chargers (8-11, 5-4 GSC) would force a final tie at 54 with nine seconds to play after Jasmine Harmon connected on the first of two free throws. Her second shot from the line sent the visitors into the lead by one point.
Alexander would get the ball and drive to the basket and register the final points of the game, she would score nine points on the game while dishing out five assists for a share of the team-high.
Kristin Nash would lead the Shorter scoring with 14 points.
Harris added another game with double digit points, scoring 11 while pulling in six rebounds – tied with Shelby Farrer – while going 4-for-4 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Crawford would lead all players with eight rebounds for the game-high, while scoring four points.
Boykin had another well rounded game, scoring 10 points, while grabbing five rebounds, dishing out five assists and committing zero turnovers over 35 minutes on the court.
"Today was another really good win for us," said coach Vic Mitchell. "We played very well on the defensive end of the court, and it came down to Ieshia making a tremendous play at the end of the game. We are playing with a lot of confidence right now, and it has been good to play in front of our home crowd as well."
Alabama-Huntsville got 19 points from Morgan Duncan, with Hammon adding 14 to lead the team.
Next up for the Lady Hawks is a road game at West Alabama for the second match up between the teams this season. Shorter was able to claim the 56-53 victory from the Winthrop-King Centre on November 29, led by Harris scoring 17 points and Nash adding 13.