Jan. 25, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Karisma Chapman recorded her sixth-straight double-double, but it wasn’t enough for the UAB women’s basketball team to top FIU who took the win, 63-52.
“We just got outplayed today,” said head coach Randy Norton. “We knew Coley was going to be a hard guard for us. I thought we did a great job in the first half, but she just went off in the second half and I felt like we let up. We just didn’t play well. I give credit to FIU for getting a big win on the road.”
UAB (11-8, 3-3 C-USA) struggled offensively, shooting 35.2 percent, and allowed FIU (9-10, 3-3 C-USA) to come away with 24 offensive rebounds of its 52 total rebounds. The Blazers finished with 37 rebounds.
“The biggest thing is we gave them 24 offensive rebounds, and they 18 points off of those, and that’s the difference in the game,” stated Norton. “We didn’t shoot the ball well today. Some of our leading scorers didn’t score like they normally do, so between that and giving up 18 points off offensive-rebounds, it’s tough.”
The Blazers opened the game with a quick 4-0 lead after two layups from Chapman. UAB remained in front and pulled away 16-10 at the 10:49 mark. However, FIU would battle back to tie it up at 19-19 with 4:35 left in the half.
The Golden Panthers then took their largest lead of the half at 24-19, but UAB went on a 10-2 run to retake the lead and send the team into the half up 29-28.
FIU would counter with a 10-0 run, including six points from Coley who finished with a game-high 38 points. UAB did not hit a basket from the floor until Chapman made a layup at 1:49 to make it 59-48, FIU.
The Blazers fought to cut the lead to seven but could not overcome the deficit to retake the lead.
UAB will remain at home as it hosts Charlotte on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. CT.
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