Highlights from the 2011-12 UAB women's basketball season
Thursday's game features two of top three teams in C-USA standings
UAB outscores Southern Miss by 17 in second half for 65-59 win
Blazers stay perfect in league play, improve to 13-3 overall
UAB improves to 10-3 on the year with Thursday victory
UAB women's basketball takes on Vanderbilt
Began her career at Eastern Kentucky, where she played one season before transferring to Volunteer State (Tenn.) Community College for a season and then coming to UAB, where she played last year as a junior.
The only player to start all 31 games for the Blazers ... had three double-digit scoring efforts, including a career-high 14 against Austin Peay State in the opening game of the season ... averaged 27.8 minutes per contest and was a 41-percent shooter from the field (79 of 195) ... led the team in blocks with 35 ... grabbed a season-high nine rebounds twice (vs. SMU and UTEP).
Started 25 games ... recorded her first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Southern Miss (1/29) ... scored her UAB career-high with 11 points at Houston (1/15) ... had 10 points versus Rice (1/5) ... averaged 4.6 points per game ... ranked second on the team in rebounds with 5.2 per outing ... also second with her 78 percent free throw percentage ... fourth on the team in blocks with 0.9 per game (10th in C-USA) ... had nine points, eight rebounds and four blocks at Morehead State (11/30) ... her five blocks at UNCG (12/6) matched the most ever by a UAB player ... grabbed 10 rebounds against Hampton (11/19).
Prior to UAB
Played her sophomore year at Volunteer State (Tenn.) Community College in 2010-11 ... averaged 11.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game ... shot 46 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line ... began her collegiate career at Eastern Kentucky in 2009-10 ... played in 27 games for the Colonels, averaging 5.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per contest ... shot 47.5 percent from the floor.
An all-district and first-team all-conference performer as at Mason High School in Ohio in 2008-09 ... listed among the top 25 players in the state by the Ohio Girls Report ... averaged 9.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game her senior year ... helped Mason win the district championship ... posted 9.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a junior in 2008-09 ... also averaged 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks that year on her way to second-team all-conference honors.
Michaelea Rose Kleist ... born Aug. 8, 1991 in Laguna Hills, Calif. ... daughter of Ken and Michelle Kleist ... has one brother, Kevin, and one sister, Keri, a basketball player at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County ... major is criminal justice.