Oct. 28, 2013
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's basketball team defeated Georgia Southwestern 86-40 in its first of two exhibition games of the 2013-14 season.
"I love exhibition games, especially with a new coaching staff taking over a new team," said head coach Randy Norton. "They give you a chance to work out a lot of kinks. As far as on the court, I thought we got better throughout the game. The second half, I was very pleased with our defense. We really we made it difficult for them to score. At times I thought our transition game was amazing. We did a great job getting to the free throw line and shot 70 percent, so that was pretty good. Overall, I was pleased."
The Blazers' 86 points were more than they scored in any 40-minute game last season. They had a trio of players score in double-figures, with freshman Janeka Williams leading the team with 16 points, sophomore Chelsee Black added 15 and senior Karisma Chapman had 11.
Chapman also led the team on the boards, just missing a double-double with nine rebounds. Defensively, UAB stifled the Hurricanes as they shot just 23.9 percent for the game. The Blazers out-rebounded GSW 54-38 and blocked 6 shots on the night.
Both teams got off to a slow start, as the game was tied 4-4 at the 16-minute media timeout in the first half. Coming out of the timeout, UAB's Chapman hit two quick baskets and the team managed an 8-0 run to go ahead 12-4. Shortly after that, the Blazer offense took off with a 13-3 run to take a 25-12 lead.
"It seemed like early on that there was a lid on our basket," remarked Norton. "Our kids just kept shooting and eventually they started to knock shots down."
The Blazers remained in control with several more runs in the first half, and punctuated it with a three-point basket by freshman Kasey Drayton to lead 43-21 into the locker room.
UAB carried its momentum into the second half, taking off on a 16-0 run to push the lead to 71-30. During that run the Blazers held the Hurricanes scoreless for over eight minutes.
Despite struggling offensively early in the game, UAB settled in and came out strong in the second half to shoot 50 percent from the field and 60 percent behind the arc. Overall the team finished 43.3 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from the three-point line.
Several newcomers made their debut in Green and Gold tonight. Williams provided a huge spark off the bench, tallying 12 of her 16 points in the first half. She hit two key three pointers that pushed UAB up by double-figures in the first. Junior Miranda Burroughs knocked down three three-pointers, all in the second half, to finish with nine points.
The Blazers will play their second and final exhibition game against West Florida on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in Bartow Arena.
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