Dec. 2, 2012
FAIRFAX, Va. - Up 49-40 with less than six minutes to go, the UAB women's basketball team could not withstand a late surge from George Mason in the 58-55 loss at the Patriot Center.
The Blazers, now 7-2 on the year, trailed for the most part of the first half but came back to claim the late advantage thanks to 18 second-half points from junior forward Ashley Grimes.
UAB committed 21 fouls down the stretch compared to 14 from the Patriots. Meanwhile, the Blazers shot 36 percent for the game, including a 26 percent performance in the first period.
Coach Audra Smith's team came out of the gate sluggish in the first 20 minutes, going down 7-0 just five minutes into the game. UAB rebounded, however, to go on a 7-3 run to make it a 10-7 game with 12:32 remaining before the half.
The Blazers never led in the first period and trailed by as many as 10 (27-17) after hitting just 9-of-34 (26.5%) from the field, while George Mason shot 40 percent. Senior Amber Jones ended the half on a high note for UAB, knocking down a shot as time expired to make it a 27-22 George Mason advantage at the break.
Led by eight points from Grimes, UAB went on a 13-2 run to open the second period to take its first lead of the game, 31-29, off Grimes' bucket with 17:09 remaining.
After building as much as a nine point advantage, the Blazers fell in the final seconds, 58-55.
UAB now has two weeks off before a four game home stand at Bartow Arena. The Blazers face Morehead State on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. CT.