Dec. 2, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The UAB women's basketball team dropped a 77-71 Sunday afternoon contest at Virginia Tech that came down to the wire. The Blazers (2-6), down by 16 points at the 6:37 mark in the second half, came back within two, 73-71, with 31 seconds left in the game before free throws down the stretch gave the Hokies (7-1) the six-point win.
UAB trailed the entire first half by single digits, with its largest deficit of nine coming at the 11:01 mark. The Blazers entered halftime down seven, 43-36.
UAB came out in the second half and went on a 10-3 run to tie the game at 46-all with 13:23 remaining. Virginia Tech went on a 20-4 run of its own to hold its largest lead of the game, 66-50, with 6:37 left on the clock.
A late rally by the Blazers put them within two, 73-71, with 31 seconds to go in the contest. Four made free throws by the Hokies and a missed shot by UAB with just seconds remaining gave Virginia Tech the six-point victory, 77-71.
"Once again, we got ourselves in a hole during the first half," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "We fought hard and came back in the second half, but it was too late. We can't keep getting down in the first half and having to climb our way back."
UAB hit 40.0 percent from the floor (24-60), including 40.0 percent from beyond the arc (8-20). The Blazers also sank 78.9 percent from the free throw line.
Senior guard/forward Diamond Rogers paced the Blazers with 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting, while also adding eight rebounds and a career-high eight assists against the Hokies.
Senior guard Crystal McFadden tallied 14 points and freshman guard Amanda Peterson scored a career-high 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Junior guard Britney Jones was the fourth Blazer in double figures with 10 points.
Senior center Christon Ingram
grabbed a team-best 10 boards and scored nine points during the game.
Virginia Tech hit 43.3 percent of its shots, including 51.6 in the first half. The Hokies also went 19-of-23 from the charity stripe against the Blazers.
Virginia Tech had five players score in double digits, led by Brittany Cook with 16 points. Lindsay Biggs followed with 13 and Utahya Drye added 12. Laura Haskins paced the Hokies on the boards with 10, while also contributing seven points.
The Blazers will return to Birmingham to play their first home game of the season Wednesday when they host Charlotte. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT at Bartow Arena.
"We have had a month's worth of road games and now we finally get to play a home game," said Smith. "We are excited to play in front of our fans at Bartow Arena."