Nov. 24, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's basketball forced 29 turnovers and outrebounded Alabama State by 15 in the 74-41 victory at Samford's Pete Hanna Center to conclude the 2012 Thanksgiving Classic.
UAB has now won four-straight games on the year and improves to 6-1 overall, while Alabama State drops to 0-3.
The Blazers once again had a strong performance on the defensive end, forcing ASU into 29 turnovers, which ties a season-high for the UAB defense. Coach Audra Smith's team has now forced 20 or more miscues in four of its seven games this season.
"We obviously did a lot of good things on the defensive side of the ball today," Smith said. "I was definitely pleased with the intensity we showed and I think that led to success in both creating turnovers and getting on the offensive boards."
UAB allowed just four made field goals in the first half, limiting Alabama State to just 20-percent shooting from the field. The Blazers also forced 17 turnovers in the opening period to take a 37-12 halftime advantage.
Junior forward Karisma Chapman led all scorers at the break with nine points, while senior guard Kelsie Weynand knocked in two three-pointers to lead the Blazers to the 25-point halftime advantage.
It was much of the same in the final period, as UAB held ASU scoreless through the first five minutes. Alabama State's sophomore guard Kierra Paige knocked in a three at the 14:49 mark to give her team its first bucket, but it was not enough as the Blazers held on for the 74-41 win.
UAB held Alabama State to just a 32-percent shooting performance for the game, while claiming a 46-31 edge in the rebounding column.
The Blazers were led by three players who scored in double figures, including Chapman's team-high 16 points. Meanwhile, junior guard Ashley Grimes added 10 and freshman Chelsee Black knocked in a career-high 11 points with seven rebounds.
UAB now travels to High Point, N.C., to take on High Point College on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT.