Women's Basketball Drops 62-47 Contest To Evansville

Nov. 28, 2008

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's basketball team dropped its opening game of the Samford Classic to Evansville, 62-47, Friday evening at the Pete Hanna Center.

Evansville had a balanced offense, with eight different players scoring for the Purple Aces. Senior forward Robyn Jennings and junior guard Amy Gallagher led Evansville's scoring efforts with 12 points each. Jennings also pulled down a game-high 10 boards.

The Blazers were led by two players scoring in double figures, including Fatiha Salaam with 11 and Amanda Peterson with 10.

UAB moved to 1-4 on the year, while Evansville improved its record to 3-1.

After UAB scored the first basket of the game on a layup by junior forward/center Amanda Scott, Evansville jumped ahead of the Blazers, going up by six, 13-7, with 14:29 left in the first half.

UAB pulled within two, 15-13, at the 10:17 mark before the Purple Aces extended their lead to 10, 25-15, with 3:41 remaining in the half. Evansville went shot-for-shot with the Blazers down the stretch and held a 10-point lead at the break, 29-19.

Evansville continued to pull away in the second half, going up by as much as 17 on multiple occasions. UAB chipped away at the deficit and came within 12, but the Purple Aces continued to knock down shots and get to the free throw line to secure the 15-point win over the Blazers, 62-47.

"I don't feel like we had any energy tonight," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "We just couldn't get things going. We were struggling on the offensive end and we had a hard time containing Evansville on the defensive side.

"We don't have a lot of time to think about this game because we have to play McNeese State tomorrow. Hopefully, we can pull together as a team and play well to get a win tomorrow."



UAB struggled in the first half, hitting just 24.1 percent off its shots. The Blazers shot 31.6 percent in the second half and 28.4 percent overall. UAB hit just 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) from beyond the arc and 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line.

Salaam scored nine of her team-best 11 points in the second half for the Blazers. Peterson hit 4-of-10 from the field, including two treys, for 10 points on the night.

Senior guard Britney Jones scored eight points and added a game-high four assists for UAB. Senior forward Brianna Berry and junior forward Tamika Dukes paced the Blazers on the boards with eight apiece.

Evansville shot 34.5 percent for the game, including 28.6 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Senior center Shannon Novosel and sophomore guard Stephanie Bamberger tallied nine points apiece for the Purple Aces, while senior guard Ashley Austin and junior forward Anaris Sickles added seven points each.

The Blazers will be back in action on Saturday when they face McNeese State on day two of the Samford Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT at the Pete Hanna Center.