Feb. 14, 2013
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ----- Memphis grabbed an early lead and never trailed in a 64-57 win over the UAB women's basketball team Thursday evening at UM's Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
The Blazers fall to 14-9 overall and 5-5 in Conference USA play with the loss, while Memphis snaps a two-game losing skid to improve to 14-10 and 5-5 in C-USA play.
UAB committed 23 turnovers on Thursday - one shy of a season-high 24 miscues the Blazers committed in the first game of the year against Austin Peay State (Nov. 9).
Like they did in the first meeting between the two teams, the Tigers were strong at the free-throw line, knocking in 20-of-25 (80 percent) for the game, while UAB hit 11-of-18 at the charity stripe (61 percent).
Memphis took the early lead in the first half and built as much as a nine-point advantage on two different occasions before establishing a 33-26 halftime lead.
UAB junior Ashley Grimes continued her strong shooting from last week with 16 first-half points. In fact, Grimes made six of her team's nine made field goals in the first 20 minutes.
The Blazers closed the gap in the second period, going on a 7-0 run to get within one, 40-39, with just over 13 minutes to go. Memphis then reeled off six unanswered points to build the lead back to seven.
UAB fought back once again to get as close as three, 60-57, with just over two minutes to go, but for every Blazer run the Tigers had an answer in the 64-57 win.
Grimes scored just one second-half point and finished with team-high 17 on the night, while Amber Jones, Kelsie Weynand and Khalilah Watson each scored eight points in the loss.
The Tigers had three players in double figure scoring, including a team high 16 from Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir.
UAB now returns to Bartow Arena on Sunday to face Marshall at 2 p.m. CT.