Big Second Half Lifts UAB Past Louisiana Tech

Senior Ashley Grimes scored her second career double-double in the win.

Feb. 15, 2014

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RUSTON, La. - Seniors Karisma Chapman and Ashley Grimes both recorded double-doubles to lift the UAB women's basketball team past Louisiana Tech, 71-62, on Saturday afternoon.

"That was just a great team-win in a tough environment," said head coach Randy Norton. "It really was a total team effort out there today. Everyone worked well together and got involved in the game. They also did a really great job from the free throw line in the second half to ."

UAB (14-10, 6-5 C-USA) scored 44 points in the second half, including 25 points from the free throw line. The Blazers were 83.3 percent from the charity stripe, hitting 25-of-30.

Chapman led the Blazers with 29 points and 12 rebounds. It was her 13th double-double of the season and the fourth-straight game that she has scored over 20 points. Grimes finished with 21 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Louisiana Tech (7-17, 2-9 C-USA) jumped out to the lead first, going up 10-5 at the 13:45 mark in the first half. The Lady Techsters held the lead until the Blazers went ahead, 17-16, with 8:25 remaining in the half.

Grimes scored five-straight points in that stretch to put UAB in front. Louisiana Tech would counter with a 4-0 run to retake the lead and was up 27-22 with 1:54 to go, but the Blazers fought back to pull within two, 29-27, heading into the break.

In the second half, Chapman came out strong for UAB scoring 25 of her 29 points. Both teams battled back and forth until the 10:53 mark when Chapman tied the game up 40-40 for the Blazers.

Shortly after that, Chapman netted a layup off of a steal from sophomore Chelsee Black to give UAB the lead for the remainder of the game. The Lady Techsters hung around with UAB, but efficient shooting from the free throw line kept the Blazers in the lead.

UAB hit 14-straight free throws to open the second half. Grimes led the team with a perfect 10-for-10 from the line, while Chapman finished 9-for-12 in the game.

Whitney Frazier led Louisiana Tech with a double-double, 16 points and 15 rebounds, and JaQuan Jackson added 16 points for the Lady Techsters.

The Blazers will have a break before returning home to host Tulane on Saturday, Feb. 22. The game is slated to tip off at 2 p.m. CT.

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