UAB Drops Home Opener To Charlotte, 73-63

Dec. 5, 2007

Final Stats

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's basketball team dropped its 2007-08 home opening game to the Charlotte 49ers, 73-63, Wednesday evening at Bartow Arena. The Blazers had a trio of players score in double figures, led by senior Diamond Rogers with her first double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 boards.

UAB's overall record moves to 2-7 on the year, while Charlotte improved its record to 4-6.

After a close battle for the majority of the first half, Charlotte went on an 8-0 run to close out the half and take a nine-point lead at the break, 35-26.

The 49ers returned in the second half and extended their lead to as much as 16, 42-28, with 14:19 left in the game. UAB made a comeback, coming within five on multiple occasions late in the game, before falling to Charlotte by 10, 73-63.

UAB shot 31.7 percent for the game, including 28.6 from three-point range. The Blazers were accurate from the free throw line, sinking 17-of-20 on the night.

Along with her 21 points and 10 boards, Rogers added three assists, three steals and one block against the 49ers. Junior guard Britney Jones tallied 19 points on 4-of-10 shooting and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Jones also had a team-best numbers in assists and steals with four each.

Freshman guard Amanda Peterson set a new career high with 13 points, which marks her third consecutive game scoring in double digits. Peterson also contributed five rebounds and one steal.

Charlotte knocked down 41.5 percent of its shots, including 45.5 percent from beyond the arc. The 49ers also made 73.7 of their free throws, sinking 14-of-19.

Shannon McCallum led the way for Charlotte with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a pair of key treys in the second half, while also grabbing nine boards.



Sabrina Gregory hit 7-of-11 from the field for 19 points and Danielle Burgin tallied nine points. Burgin also paced the 49ers in rebounds with 10.

UAB's next outing will be Dec. 17 when it hosts Delaware State in the first round of the Blazer Invitational. The Blazers and the Lady Hornets will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. at Bartow Arena.