Nov. 12, 2012
NORMAL, Ala. - Seniors Amber Jones and Karisma Chapman combined for 44 points Monday evening as the UAB women's basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 72-53 victory against Alabama A&M at T.M. Elmore Gymnasium.
Jones, who scored a game-high 23 points, finished just two shy of her career mark of 25, while Chapman finished four behind her previous career high of 25 points with 21 on the night.
UAB established an early lead in the game and was able to maintain that advantage the rest of way. Jump starting the Blazer opening surge was the play of Jones, who scored 17 first half points.
Along with her point total in the first half, the Town Creek, Ala., native was 3-for-3 from the three-point line, including a 6-for-7 mark from the field to guide UAB to a 36-20 halftime advantage.
The Lady Bulldogs came storming back in the second half with a tough defensive effort in the final 20 minutes. In fact, Alabama A&M held the Blazers to just seven points in the first six minutes of the final period, before pulling to within 12 at the 9:57 mark.
Up 48-36, UAB was able to pull away in the final 10 minutes for the 72-53 victory.
The Blazers finished the game with another strong defensive performance, holding the Lady Bulldogs to a 32-percent shooting performance for the game and an 0-4 clip from behind the arc.
As a team, UAB shot 51 percent for the game, including a 16-for-20 mark at the free-throw line and a 4-for-8 performance from behind the three-point line.
The Blazers now head to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Vanderbilt Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT.