Blazers Hold Off Arizona For 63-53 Win

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Dec. 5, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Sophomore Dy'man Webb grabbed the first double-double of her career to help push the UAB women's basketball team past Arizona, 63-53, on Thursday night.

"I am really proud of our team tonight," said head coach Randy Norton. "As I told them in the locker room, that's a classic example of we bent but we did not break. I thought we played extremely well at times. We got that 15-point lead, and it wasn't that we played bad, we just went cold. Our shots weren't falling, we had some good looks, but that's all part of the game."

UAB (6-3) held a 15-point lead with 13:50 remaining in the second half, but Arizona (1-7) used a 22-6 run to go up one, 52-51, at the 3:59 mark. It was the Wildcats' first lead of the game and would end up being their only lead. 

"I'm proud of the way we stepped up on the defensive end," remarked Norton. "We had a couple huddles there where we had some heart-to-heart and said we're going to play with a dominant mentality, and a ton of poise, and that's exactly what our team did tonight."

On Arizona's next possession, senior Ashley Grimes grabbed a steal and converted a fast break layup to put the Blazers back on top, 53-52, with 3:10 remaining. The Green and Gold extended its lead with baskets from sophomores Brittany Winborne and Chelsee Black.

With time running down, the Wildcats were forced to send UAB to the free throw line. The Blazers hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute of the game, as Black was 4-for-4. She finished the game with a career-high 11 made free throws on 12 attempts.

A trio of Blazers finished in double-figures, led by Black with 15 points. Senior Karisma Chapman added 12 and Webb finished with 10. Chapman has scored in double-figures in all nine of UAB's games so far this season.

Arizona was led by Erica Barnes, who finished with 11 points. She and LaBrittney Jones led the Wildcats with seven rebounds apiece.

UAB outrebounded its opponent for the eighth time this season, finishing with 44 boards to Arizona's 36. The Blazers have been playing solid defense, holding a team to under 60 points for the sixth time this season.

The Blazers jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead to open the game and force an Arizona timeout at the 16:46 mark. UAB put together several runs in the first half, but Arizona would keep fighting back. 

Two free throws by Black gave the Blazers a 33-22 lead, and then sophomore Miranda Burroughs buried a three-pointer to push the lead to 36-24. The Wildcats hit a jumper at the buzzer to send the teams into the locker room with UAB up 36-26.

Burroughs provided a spark off the bench for the Blazers. She hit three 3-pointers in the first half to lead the team with nine points. UAB also grabbed 23 rebounds in the first half, with Webb tying her career-high of nine boards. 

UAB will have a short turnaround, as it will take on the Memphis Tigers on Saturday, Dec. 7 in Memphis, Tenn. The game is set to tip off at 4 p.m. CT.

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