Second-Half Surge Lifts Vandy Over UAB

UABSPORTS.COM Coach Audra Smith's team picked up its first loss of the year Thursday.
Coach Audra Smith's team picked up its first loss of the year Thursday.

Nov. 15, 2012

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt junior guard Christina Foggie scored 17 second-half points as the UAB women's basketball team fell short to the Commodores, 69-54, Thursday evening at Memorial Gymnasium.

UAB picks up its first loss and moves to 2-1 on the year, while VU improves to 3-0 with the win. Vanderbilt also moves to 5-0 all-time against the Blazers.

After both teams battled to a 23-18 Vanderbilt advantage at the half, UAB junior forward Karisma Chapman picked up her fourth foul just a minute into the final period. The Blazers were unable to recover as VU shot 53 percent down the stretch in the win.  

That hot shooting performance was a reversal of what occurred in the first 20 minutes of Thursday's contest. Vanderbilt established a 6-2 lead off six-straight points from senior forward Tiffany Clark to open the game, before the Blazers rebounded from that deficit to grab a 7-6 lead off a three from senior guard Amber Jones at the 14:55 mark.  

Over the next five minutes, Coach Melanie Balcomb's team went on yet another run - this time scoring nine-straight points to stake claim to a 15-7 advantage over the Blazers with 10:05 to go before the break.

Like they did in the first five minutes of the game, the Blazers stormed back to within one point with the total at 20-19 with just over two minutes to go. UAB failed to take a lead the rest of the way, however, as Vanderbilt claimed a 23-18 advantage into the half on its way to an impressive showing in the final period.

Jones finished the game with a team-high 15 points, while fellow senior guard Kelsie Weynand scored a career-high 14 points on the night.

UAB now hosts Mississippi Valley State at Bartow Arena on Saturday. Opening tip of that contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.