Nov. 25, 2007
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The UAB women's basketball team came up short against the No. 21 Texas Longhorns, 59-49, Sunday during the third day of action at the Jack In The Box Rainbow Wahine Classic, hosted by the University of Hawaii. The Blazers saw their record move to 2-4 on the year, while the Longhorns improved their overall mark to 4-2.
UAB concluded its time in Hawaii with a 1-2 tournament record, earning sixth place in the eight-team tournament. In addition to the loss to Texas, the Blazers fell to Hartford this past Friday, 83-74. UAB earned its lone win of the tournament against Lipscomb this past Saturday, 67-51.
After going back-and-forth during the first 10 minutes, Texas broke away for an eight-point lead, 20-12, with 7:53 remaining in the first half. UAB responded with seven unanswered points to cut the Longhorns' lead to one, 20-19, at the 5:57 mark.
Texas held an eight-point halftime lead, 31-23, after an 11-4 run to close out the first half.
After a three-point shot put Texas up by 11 to start the second half, the Blazers chipped away at the Longhorns' lead and cut it to three, 36-33, with 13:30 left in the game.
Texas went up by seven before UAB tightened the score to 40-38 in favor of the Longhorns with 9:02 left. An 11-2 run by Texas over the next six minutes gave the Longhorns a 51-40 lead at the 3:28 mark. The Longhorns hit eight free throws in the last minute of play to get the 59-49 win.
"I thought we played tough today," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "We went out there and really got after it. We had a lot of energy and played well.
"The bad thing for us today was that our shots weren't falling. I thought we played good defense and did some good things on offense, but we just couldn't get the shots to go in today."
The Blazers shot 25.7 overall and 16.0 percent from beyond the arc, while making 9-of-15 free throws against the Longhorns.
Senior guard/forward Diamond Rogers led UAB with 17 points, while also adding seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. Senior center Christon Ingram went 3-of-5 from the floor and 5-of-7 from the free throw line to contribute 11 points.
Senior guard Crystal McFadden
led the Blazers on the glass with a team-high 11 boards. McFadden also had eight points, one assist and one steal on the day.
Texas shot 32.1 percent for the game, including 27.8 from the three-point line. The Longhorns were accurate from the free throw line, hitting 18-of-21 for the game.
Brittainey Raven was Texas' leading scorer with 21 points on 6-of-15 shooting and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Carla Cortijo added 11 points to the Longhorns' total.
Next up for UAB is its seventh consecutive road game of the season when it plays at Ole Miss Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT at the C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss.