Nov. 19, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior guard Amber Jones scored in double figures for the fifth-straight game on Monday to lead the UAB women’s basketball team to a 71-25 win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Bartow Arena.
UAB improves to 4-1 to begin the 2012-13 season. The last time the Blazers started a season 4-1 was during the 2001-02 campaign when head coach Jeannie Milling’s team defeated Mississippi State to win four of its first five games.
Helping the UAB cause was the Blazer defense. The Lions shot just 17 percent from the field, while the 25 points scored were the fewest allowed by a UAB team in school history.
“I am obviously delighted to start the season with that record,” head coach Audra Smith said. “I think everybody on our team got in the game at some point, and that will go a long way in making us better. I still see areas that we need to improve on, but I am happy to get the win heading into Thanksgiving.”
The Blazers were led once again by the duo of Jones and junior forward Karisma Chapman. The two combined for 24 points as Jones tallied 13 on the night to go along with Chapman’s 11.
“Those two girls are no question the leaders on this team and will be key for us the rest of the way,” Smith added. “I am proud of the way they played, but I am also pleased to see the people around them improving as we progress through the season.”
Arkansas-Pine Bluff capitalized on a sluggish start from the Blazers, building an early 4-0 lead after a Christina Lasane jumper at the 17:37 mark.
That early advantage would soon disappear as UAB took its first lead when Jones scored off a fastbreak layup to assume the 5-4 advantage. From that point on, the Blazers never looked back on their way to the win.
Chapman and Jones led all scorers in the first half as Chapman scored nine along with Jones’ seven to lead UAB to a 36-12 halftime advantage.
The 12 first-half points scored by the Lions marked the lowest offensive output the Blazers have faced in a half this season.
UAB takes a brief break before heading to the Samford Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday. The blazers face Tennessee State at 1 p.m. CT Friday, before clashing with Alabama State at 2 p.m. CT Saturday.