UAB Holds Off Southern Miss, 55-50

UAB's Karisma Chapman finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Feb. 24, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -----  Three players scored in double figures and the UAB women’s basketball team held off a 15-6 run from Southern Miss in the final minutes for the 55-50 road win on Sunday.

UAB (16-10, 7-6 Conference USA) was led by Karisma Chapman, who finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine boards. Amber Jones added 15 points for the Blazers, while Michaelea Kleist scored 12 and posted seven rebounds.  

Southern Miss (12-14, 4-9 C-USA) falls for the sixth-straight game with Sunday’s defeat at Reed Green Coliseum. The Golden Eagles, who had only seven available players, were paced by 11 points from Tanecka Carey.

“Sometimes you have to grind out wins, especially on the road in this conference,” UAB head coach Audra Smith said. “I am delighted to get the win, but I also see things that we need to work on to get better as we head to the most crucial part of the season.”

Southern Miss built as much as a six-point lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, with a 14-8 advantage and 13:23 on the clock. The Golden Eagles held a slim cushion for nine minutes in the period, before UAB finally stormed back in the game.

In a first period that was tied four times and changed hands on four occasions, UAB was able to grab the lead back from Southern Miss, thanks to 10 first-half points from Chapman.

The Blazers overcame an 11-4 offensive rebounding edge from USM to establish its largest lead of seven in the first 20 minutes, 32-25, at the half.



UAB extended its lead in the second period with Kleist leading the way with her six points in the first 10 minutes of the frame.

Up 49-35, the Blazers allowed Southern Miss to go on a 15-6 run to close out the game, before UAB held on for the 55-50 victory.

After a 23-17 Southern Miss rebounding edge in the first half, the Blazers crashed the boards in the final 20 minutes, holding a 27-18 advantage in the second period.

UAB also held Southern Miss to a 33-percent shooting performance for the game, while the Blazers forced 18 USM turnovers.

The Green and Gold return to the road this week with a trip to East Carolina on Thursday. Opening tip for that contest is slated for 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.