Nov. 9, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The UAB women's basketball team dropped its season opener at No. 17 Vanderbilt, 92-51, Friday evening at Memorial Gymnasium. Senior Diamond Rogers was the lone Blazer to score in double figures with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including five from behind the arc.
UAB begins the 2007-08 season 0-1, while Vanderbilt kicks off its campaign 1-0.
"We are obviously disappointed in the outcome tonight," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "We are going to have to take this game, learn from our mistakes and try to fix those mistakes before our next game."
The Blazers were in a shooting slump in the first half, hitting 4-of-25 from the field (.160) and just 1-of-10 (.100) from three-point range.
After Rogers sank a three-point shot to begin the game and give UAB the early 3-0 lead, the Blazers went almost 10 minutes without another basket. The scoring drought was broken when senior Christon Ingram made a layup with 9:57 remaining in the half, but Vanderbilt still held a 27-6 lead at that point.
With just eight additional points for UAB in the first half, and some sharp-shooting by Vanderbilt, the Commodores held a 45-14 lead at the break.
Vanderbilt's 45 first-half points were attributed to making 50 percent of its shots, putting 17-of-34 in the basket, including 7-of-14 treys.
The Blazers came out in the second half and added 37 points to their total, but the Commodores put an additional 47 points on the scoreboard to make the final score 92-51 in favor of 17th-ranked Vanderbilt.
UAB improved its shooting in the second period by making 44.1 percent of its shots (15-of-34) and sinking a handful of treys. The Commodores continued to have the hot hand in the second half, making 51.4 percent from the field (19-of-37) and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc (3-of-7).
"Nothing would fall for us tonight," said Smith. "You are going to have those nights. We made some mistakes and we need to continue to get better as we go on during the season. We are always looking to improve our game."
The Blazers ended the game shooting 32.2 percent (19-of-59) and 30 percent from the three-point line (6-of-20). Rogers led UAB by making nine buckets for 23 points, while also adding six rebounds, one assist and one steal.
In her return appearance to the court after missing last season with an injury, senior Crystal McFadden contributed nine points, four boards, two assists and one steal. Ingram paced the Blazers in rebounds with eight, while also adding four points to UAB's total.
For the game, Vanderbilt shot 50.7 percent overall (36-of-71) and 47.6 percent from three-point land (10-of-21).
The Commodores were led by Liz Sherwood with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Sherwood also grabbed a team-best nine boards on the night.
Meredith Marsh also scored 13 points for Vanderbilt, while Christina Wirth drained four treys for 12 points. Amy Malo was the fourth Commodore in double-digits with 10 points on 3-of-4 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
UAB will return to action on Nov. 14 when it plays the Illinois Fighting Illini at 7:00 p.m. in Champaign, Ill.