Jan. 15, 2014
"I think that was the best 40 minutes we have played as a team all season long," said head coach Randy Norton. "I am really proud of our girls, coming in here and getting a big win on the road. I feel like our team is getting better every day."
UAB (10-6, 2-1 C-
Senior Karisma Chapman recorded her third-straight double-double and sixth of the season, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Chelsee Black added 16 points, including four three-pointers. Senior Ashley Grimes had 15 points and sophomore Kayla Anderson tallied 11 points.
The Blazers opened the game with a 10-2 run led by
Junior Miranda Burroughs then sunk a three to spark a 10-1 run by the Blazers that gave them a 24-13 lead with seven minutes left in the half. UAB would continue to expand on its lead in the remainder of the half, taking a 40-25 lead into the break.
At halftime, UAB had outrebounded
The Blazers would not relinquish their double-digit lead for the rest of the game. Black hit back-to-back three-pointers to put UAB up 19. Then a three by sophomore Schenia Battle gave the team its largest lead, 76-54, with 1:48 left in the game.
The Golden Hurricane scored the final 12 points of the game, but could not overcome UAB's lead. Ashley Clark led
"The score was deceiving," remarked Norton. "Because when we took our starters out we were up by 22 points so it was a dominant performance. It was a great opportunity for our bench to play against their starters."
Even with the win, Norton knows that there are still areas that the team can improve on as conference play continues.
"We still gave up 22 offensive rebounds, so we need to improve on that and box out better. Also, we need to continue to take care of the ball. We had 22 turnovers and our goal is 12. Overall, I am really proud of them. It was 40 minutes of our best basketball this season."
UAB will return home to host Middle Tennessee this Saturday, January 18 in Bartow Arena. The game will tip off at 4 p.m. CT and will be the first game of a double-header with the UAB men's basketball team.
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