Jan. 22, 2014
“First of all, I want to give Old Dominion a lot of credit,” said head coach Randy Norton. “That is a really good basketball team. They are very talented, well-coached. That was a hard fought battle. I felt like our entire team just really hung in there. Our focus all year has just been to play for 40 minutes. We don’t talk about winning. We just talk about playing to the best of our ability. Our motto is play hard, play smart, play together, have fun. It is certainly fun to win on the road.”
UAB (11-7, 3-2 C-USA) played a well-balanced game on offense and defense, shooting 44.6 percent from the field and outrebounding Old Dominion (9-10, 2-3 C-USA) 48-36 in the win.
Chapman led the team with 28 points and brought down a career-high 17 rebounds for her fifth consecutive double-double. Grimes added 21 points and dished out a team-high six assists on the night.
“It is a blessing to have two seniors that are very good,” remarked Norton. “Karisma Chapman and Ashley Grimes played like seniors tonight. We were on the road and in a tough place to play and I felt like both of them were engaged for 40 minutes. They played hard, were unselfish and I am really proud of them.
The Lady Monarchs opened the game with a three, but an 8-0 run by the Blazers put them in front. UAB would hold on to the lead until the 11:34 mark, when Old Dominion put together 10-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at 27-21.
UAB took advantage of its opportunities under the basket, scoring 33 of its 42 first half points in the paint.
Out of halftime, Old Dominion came out battling and eventually cut the Blazers’ lead to five, 53-48, with 13:34 remaining in the game. UAB would not be stopped though, as Chapman put in a layup then Black connected on another three to push the lead back to 10.
ODU’s Tiffany Minor countered with a three of her own, but it would be the Lady Monarch’s last basket for a while as UAB’s defense held them scoreless for seven minutes.
The Blazers scored 15 points during that time to take a 73-51 lead with 4:56 left on the clock. Old Dominion was able to pull within 15, but UAB would not let it any closer and held on to the win to remain undefeated on the road in conference play.
Black finished with 12 points, her fifth-straight game in double figures, and sophomore Dy’Man Webb added eight points off the bench for the Blazers.
Galaisha Goodhope led Old Dominion with 16 points and Shae Kelley added 14. It was just the seventh time this season Kelley was held without a double-double.
UAB will return home to host FIU on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11:00 a.m. CT. The game will air on Fox Sports.
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