Nov. 24, 2007
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The UAB women's basketball team improved its record to 2-3 by defeating the Lipscomb Bisons (1-5), 67-51, Saturday during the second day of the Jack In The Box Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Blazers will move on to play the No. 21 Texas Longhorns in the tournament's fifth-place contest Sunday at 1:10 p.m. HT/5:10 p.m. CT.
The Blazers held a 39-30 lead at the half, led by senior Diamond Rogers' 10 first-half points.
UAB extended its lead to 15 to open the second half. Lipscomb responded with a 15-2 run to cut the Blazers' lead to two, 49-47, with 9:18 left to play.
The Blazers scored nine unanswered points over the next three minutes to pull out to an 11-point advantage. Free throws down the stretch gave UAB its 16-point victory, 67-51.
"I am so proud of our team today," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "I thought we played well and fought hard the entire game,
"After yesterday's loss to Hartford, I thought we really responded well and got a good win over Lipscomb. Not only did we shoot the ball well, but we attacked the glass and got rebounds."
UAB hit 44.1 percent from the field, including 23.5 percent from three-point range. The Blazers struggled from the free throw line, making just 11-of-21 from the charity stripe.
Rogers led UAB in scoring with 14 points, while also adding seven rebounds and four assists. Senior Christon Ingram tallied 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and grabbed a team-high eight boards for the Blazers.
Senior Crystal McFadden and junior Britney Jones contributed 11 points each to the UAB's efforts. Jones also had a team-best five assists on the day.
Lipscomb shot 39.4 percent in the first half, but hit just 16.0 percent of its second-half shots for 29.3 percent shooting overall.
Katie Rollins was the Bisons' leading scorer with 13 points and Kaleigh Gossman scored 12 points. Rollins also led Lipscomb in rebounds with six.
UAB and Texas will tip-off Sunday at 1:10 p.m. HT/5:10 p.m. CT at the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii.