March 20, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. – Up by five, 27-22, at the half, Auburn used a strong second stanza to defeat the UAB women’s basketball team, 80-57, Wednesday in the opening round of the WNIT played at Auburn Arena.
With the loss, UAB concludes its season with an 18-13 record and 9-8 mark in Conference USA action. The Tigers improve to 17-14 overall and will play the winner of East Carolina vs. Western Kentucky in the second round.
Auburn forward Tyrese Tanner led all scorers in the game with 29 points, while UAB freshman Chelsee Black finished with a team-high 15 points.
The Tigers were strong on the glass, outrebounding UAB, 43-32, including a 19-8 advantage on the offensive boards.
Auburn established an early 11-3 lead in the first half thanks to four quick points from Tanner. With three players over six feet tall in the starting lineup compared to one from UAB, the Tigers went on to take a 16-6 advantage in the paint to cling to a 27-22 lead at the half.
UAB senior guard Kelsie Weynand and Chapman kept the Blazers close in the opening frame, accounting for 12 of the team’s 22 points. Weynand finished the stanza with a 2-for-3 clip from 3-point range, while Chapman also added six in the first 20 minutes.
The Blazers closed the gap to within three, 27-24, early in the second half, but Auburn followed with an offensive fury the rest of the way en route to the 80-57 win.
UAB finishes the season with its fourth-straight winning campaign under head coach Audra Smith. The Blazers also made their third trip to the WNIT – second under Smith.