Jan. 27, 2013
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HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - The UAB women's basketball team committed just seven turnovers and used a strong second-half shooting performance to run past Marshall, 61-45, Sunday at the Cam Henderson Center.
UAB (13-5, 4-1 Conference USA) committed single-digit turnovers for the second time in three games, while Marshall (6-12, 0-5 C-USA) had 22 miscues in the loss.
"I am proud of the way our girls grinded today," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "We ran into a few travel delays coming into the game, forcing us to miss practice last night and shoot around this morning. We had some tired legs on the floor, but we just kept fighting, which tells you how good this team can be."
Four Blazers scored in double figures on the day, including senior guard Amber Jones, who finished two shy of her season-high with 21 points. Meanwhile, junior forward Karisma Chapman scored in double figures for the third-straight game with her 18 points.
Forward Ashley Grimes tallied each of her 12 in the second half, while senior Michaelea Kleist posted 10 points for the game.
"Patience was the key for us on the offensive end," said Smith. "Marshall threw a lot of different things at us and we handled most of it very well. I credit the girls for executing down the stretch and pulling out a tough win."
Jones scored UAB's first three baskets of the game as the Blazers were able to establish a 13-3 advantage just six minutes in.
Marshall was resilient for the remainder of the first half and did not let UAB's lead swell to more than 10 the rest of the period as the Blazers held a slim 29-25 lead at the break.
That four-point deficit was as close as the Herd could get the rest of the way, as UAB hit 50 percent from the floor in the second half and held the home team to just 33 percent shooting in the 61-45 victory.
"This was a good win for us today," said Smith. "I thought we stayed poised and focused at crucial points in the game, and that is what we need to compete in this league."
UAB returns home to face Southern Miss on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT inside Bartow Arena.