Nov. 9, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team forced 29 Austin Peay turnovers while four Blazers scored in double figures in the 72-54 season-opening victory at Bartow Arena.
With the win, UAB moves 1-0 to start the season, while Austin Peay falls to 0-1. The Blazers also picked up their first season-opening victory since 2009-10 when they defeated Alcorn State, 76-62.
“All in all, I am proud of our performance today,” head coach Audra Smith said. “This is a team that we beat by four last season, so for us to force turnovers and jump out to a lead it really speaks volumes to how far our team has come in the offseason.”
UAB stormed out to an early lead in the first half, thanks in large part to freshman Kayla Anderson’s eight points that helped the Blazers grab an 18-8 advantage at the 11-minute mark of the first period.
After extending its lead to 25-11 off the three-point bucket from senior guard Kelsie Weynand, UAB faced a sizable comeback from the Lady Governors as they cut six points off UAB’s advantage before the Blazers took a 33-23 lead at the half.
Austin Peay failed to climb any closer the rest of the way, as the Blazers forced 19 second-half turnovers. Senior guard Amber Jones and junior forward Karisma Chapman combined for 12 points in the final period to put a stop to any Austin Peay comeback effort.
“It was very important for us to come out in the second half and play with that kind of intensity,” Smith added. “Because of that, we were able to get some newcomers in the game, which is what you want to see this early in the season.”
Leading the charge for the Blazer newcomers was Anderson, who scored 13 points in the contest. Meanwhile, junior forward Ashley Grimes registered six points and four rebounds in the win.
The Blazers now hit the road this week for a pair of away games when they travel to Alabama A&M on Monday for a 6 p.m. CT tip before heading to Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday to take on Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. CT.