Jan. 12, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's basketball team played its second overtime game in three days and came out with a 79-64 victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd Saturday evening in Bartow Arena. Senior guard/forward Diamond Rogers led the Blazers with 20 points and 12 rebounds against the Thundering Herd.
UAB stays perfect in Conference USA at 3-0, while posting a 7-9 overall record. Marshall slips to 10-6 overall and 2-1 in league play.
After going up by four on two occasions to start the ballgame, UAB saw its lead slip away as Marshall took a nine-point lead, 30-21, at the 7:44 mark.
The Blazers then went on a 15-0 run that spanned almost seven minutes to take a 36-30 lead with 1:06 remaining in the half. A trey by each squad put UAB up by six at the break, 39-33.
UAB started the second half by taking a 12-point lead over the Thundering Herd, 51-39. Marshall came back and cut the Blazers' lead to five, 51-46, at the 12:32 mark.
UAB went back up by nine, 56-47, before the Thundering Herd went on an 11-2 run to tighten the contest to 58-56 in favor of the Blazers with 1:04 remaining in regulation. Marshall senior Kizzy Hart hit a pair of free throws with 51 seconds left to tie the game at 58-all and send it to overtime.
The Blazers went on a scoring frenzy in the five-minute overtime, outscoring the Thundering Herd 21-6 to gain the 15-point win over Marshall, 79-64.
"I can't say enough about this team right now," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "We've been playing well lately and playing with a lot of toughness.
"Next week we start a string of three road games that will be a challenge for us. That is why it is so important to protect your home court. We really need to keep playing well and come ready to play every night if we want to stay in first place in the league."
UAB shot 39.1 percent for the game, including 50.0 percent during the first half. The Blazers hit 28.0 percent of their three-pointers and 66.7 percent of their free throws.
Along with Rogers' 20 points and 12 boards, she also had two assists and two steals on the night. Freshman guard Amanda Peterson tallied her 10th consecutive game in double figures with 14 points.
Junior guard Britney Jones scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists in the win. Senior center Christon Ingram was the fourth Blazer in double digits with 10 points, six boards and three blocks.
Marshall shot 28.6 percent on the night, including 28.1 percent from beyond the arc and 57.7 percent from the charity stripe.
The Thundering Herd were paced by Casey Baker with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while also adding six rebounds and two steals. Kizzy Hart contributed 15 points and seven rebounds, while Meg Withrow had 14 points and four boards.
The Blazers will hit the road for their next three games, starting with a Jan. 18 contest at UTEP. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.