Second-Half Surge Lifts Vandy Over UAB

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.