Senior Karisma Chapman Scores 25 In Loss To Rice

UABSPORTS.COM Senior Karisma Chapman scored 25 points to lead UAB.
Senior Karisma Chapman scored 25 points to lead UAB.

March 5, 2014

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Senior Karisma Chapman led the UAB women's basketball team with 25 points on Senior Night, but it wasn't enough as the team fell to Rice, 61-51, Wednesday night.

"We didn't shoot the ball well," said head coach Randy Norton. "I felt like we struggled with our motion offense. I didn't feel like we ever got in the flow. I take the blame for this loss. We will be ready to go on Friday."

UAB fell to 15-13 overall and 7-8 in Conference USA, while Rice improved to 13-16 overall and 6-10 in conference play. 

It was the lowest scoring game of the season for the Blazers, as they shot just 27.9 percent from the field for the game. UAB struggled in the first half, but came back to shot 35.5 percent in the second half.

Rice finished 42.9 percent from the field in the game. The Owls were led by Jessica Kuster, who tallied a double-double with 28 points and 14 rebounds.

The slow start for the Blazers put them down by nine points, 17-8, at the 8:10 mark in the first half. UAB was able to cut the lead to four late in the first half after a layups by sophomores Chelsee Black and Dy'man Webb, but Rice stretched the lead out to seven, 24-17, heading into halftime. 

The Blazers were playing well under the basket, leading the Owls in the paint 10-4. Black led the team with seven points and five rebounds in the first half.

In the second half, Rice was leading 31-20 at the 17:38 mark until senior Ashley Grimes and junior Miranda Burroughs hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the lead to five.

The Blazers were able to pull within five points of the Owls four times with the help of Chapman's 22 points in the second half, but could not get any closer. UAB used a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 48-43 with eight minutes remaining, but Rice rallied to stretch the lead back to 12.

Chapman finished with 25 points and seven rebounds, while Grimes also scored in double figures with 11 points. Black added seven points and seven rebounds, while Webb had five points and five rebounds off the bench.

UAB will have a quick turnaround as it hosts Charlotte on Friday, March 7 at 2 p.m. in a makeup game. The game had to be rescheduled from earlier in the season due to inclement weather.

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