Nov. 23, 2007
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The UAB women's basketball team was edged out by Hartford, 83-74, Friday in the first round of the Jack In The Box Rainbow Wahine Classic, hosted by the University of Hawaii.
UAB (1-3) will take on the Lipscomb Bisons (1-4) in its second game of the tournament Saturday at 11:00 a.m. HT/3:00 p.m. CT. The Bisons were defeated by Hawaii Friday, 85-51.
The Blazers were led in scoring against Hartford by junior Britney Jones with 21 points, while senior Diamond Rogers was just two rebounds shy of a double-double with 19 points and eight boards.
Hartford was up by as much as 10 points at the 8:43 mark in the first half, but UAB outscored the Hawks 18-10 the rest of the half and went into halftime trailing by two, 36-34.
The Blazers came out in the second half and hit a pair of shots to regain the lead, 38-36, with 19:09 remaining in the game. UAB and Hartford battled back-and-forth the rest of the game, with the score tied up at 62-all with 6:24 left.
The Hawks hit some key shots down the stretch and went up by nine, 78-69, with 49 seconds left on the clock. The Blazers scored back-to-back shots, including a trey by Jones, to pull within four, 78-74, with 34 seconds remaining.
Hartford went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe in the final seconds of the game to get the nine-point win over UAB, 83-74.
"Obviously, we are disappointed in the result today," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "Hartford is a good team. It was a good matchup.
"We were in it. We were tied up there late in the game, but we just couldn't finish it up. We couldn't get the stops on the defensive end late to pull out the win."
The Blazers shot 43.3 percent (29-of-67) from the field and 35.0 percent (7-of-20) from beyond the arc.
Jones sunk eight buckets, including three from beyond the arc, to lead UAB with 21 points. Jones also added four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Rogers tallied 19 points, eight boards and four assists in the contest. Senior guard Crystal McFadden was the third Blazer in double figures with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
Sophomore forward Erica Simpson had a career-high game with nine rebounds, which was also a team high. Simpson also contributed three points and one steal to UAB's efforts.
Hartford hit 32-of-65 shots from the field, a 49.2 shooting percentage, and just 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from three-point range.
Danielle Hood paced Hartford with 27 points on 12-of-19 shooting and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. MaryLynne Schaefer tallied 16 points and Diana Delva recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 boards.
UAB and Lipscomb will tip-off at 11:00 a.m. HT/3:00 p.m. CT Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.