Jan. 10, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's basketball team came out on top, 84-77, in an overtime battle with the East Carolina Pirates Thursday evening at Bartow Arena. The Blazers, who will host Marshall this Saturday, had five score in double figures, led by senior guard/forward Diamond Rogers with 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
With the win, UAB (6-9, 2-0 C-USA) tied the all-time series with East Carolina (6-9, 0-2 C-USA) at six-all.
The two squads went back-and-forth throughout the first half, with the largest lead of five belonging to East Carolina on two occasions in the first 20 minutes. After the Pirates held a 31-26 advantage at the 3:38 mark, UAB climbed back within two going into halftime, 35-33.
East Carolina started the second half with an 11-3 run that put the Pirates up by 10, 46-36, with 16:30 to go in the contest. The Blazers clawed their way back and cut East Carolina's lead to one, 50-49, on a layup by Rogers at the 10:54 mark.
With the two teams going shot-for-shot down the stretch, the scoreboard read 67-all with 38 seconds left in regulation after East Carolina junior guard LaCoya Terry hit the front end of a one-and-one. Terry made the second free throw to put the Pirates up 68-67.
The Blazers had the ball back with 38 seconds left as Rogers drove into the paint and drew the foul. Rogers missed the first free throw, but sank the second one to tie the game at 68-all and force overtime.
In the extra period, UAB sophomore Amanda Scott made a trey and a pair of free throws to give the Blazers a 73-71 lead with 3:38 left. A layup by Rogers, a pair of free throws by senior guard LaKitha Murray and a free throw by Scott gave UAB a seven-point edge, 78-71, with 54 seconds to go.
Defense and key free throws down the stretch by UAB ensured its victory over East Carolina, 84-77.
"I am so happy with the effort tonight," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "Our team gave it everything that we had. We were down by 10 a few minutes into the second half and we fought back.
"It is always a good game when we play East Carolina. This is the third straight season that we have had a game go into overtime with them. So, to come out with a win and move to 2-0 in the conference is really great."
UAB shot 44.0 percent in the first half, but slipped in the second half, hitting 30.6 percent of its shots. For the game, the Blazers made 35.8 percent of their attempts, including 29.6 percent from beyond the arc. UAB also converted on 28-of-34 (82.4 percent) from the charity stripe.
Junior guard Britney Jones tallied 12 points while adding seven boards and a team-best six assists. Scott was the fifth Blazer in double digits with a career-high 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting and a team-high three blocks.
East Carolina shot 41.7 percent overall, but made just 25.0 percent of its shots in overtime. The Pirates also missed eight free throws, going 12-of-20 (60.0 percent) for the night.
Terry scored a game-high 26 points, making 8-of-21 from the field and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. Junior guard Jasmine Young tallied a double-double with 21 points and 10 assists.
Sophomore guard Gabriela Husarova also had a double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down 12 rebounds for East Carolina.
The Blazers will play their second Conference USA game in three days when they host the Marshall Thundering Herd (10-6, 2-0 C-USA) on Saturday evening. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m. in Bartow Arena.