Women's Basketball Runs Past Marshall, 61-43

UAB freshman Essence Baucom played 18 minutes off the bench for the Blazers.

Feb. 17, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -----  Three UAB players scored in double figures and the Blazers' women's basketball team forced 20 Marshall turnovers in a 61-43 win on Sunday at Bartow Arena.

In a game that was similar to UAB's 61-45 victory at Marshall on Jan. 27, the Blazers (15-9, 6-5 Conference USA) used a strong defensive effort and post presence to stop the Herd (8-16, 2-9 C-USA). The Green and Gold outscored Marshall in the paint, 32-18, and tallied 18 points off of Herd miscues.

UAB junior Ashley Grimes scored a game-high 19 points in the win, while teammate Karisma Chapman finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine boards.

"This was a good win at a crucial time for us," UAB head coach Audra Smith said. "We are entering the most critical part of the season and it is important that we compete like we did today."

Marshall scored the first basket of the game but failed to grab the lead the rest of the way. The Blazers built an early 10-2 lead before the Herd came back to close the gap to three, 12-9, with just over 12 minutes to go before the break.

From that point on, UAB finished the first half on an 18-7 run to claim a 30-16 advantage going into the locker room.

Blazer guard Kelsie Weynand led all scorers at the half with eight points, while Chapman added six.

In the second period, Grimes heated up for the Blazers with 10 of her team's first 12 points to open the frame as UAB built a sizable 42-23 lead with 14:35 remaining in the game.

The Green and Gold's lead would swell to as much as 26 with just over 11 minutes remaining before UAB rolled to the 61-43 victory.

Part of the Blazers' success on Sunday was the support off the bench, with 22 points coming from non-starters.

"It was good to see players like Kayla Anderson, Schenia Battle, Brittany Winborne and Dy'man Webb get to play today," added Smith. "Those girls are improving every day and will play a large part in our success this season."

UAB returns to Bartow Arena on Thursday to face Tulane at 7 p.m. CT.