Dec. 17, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's basketball team got back on the winning track by defeating the Delaware State Lady Hornets, 50-39, Monday in the first round of the Blazer Invitational. The Blazers will take on fellow first-round winner St. John's in the championship game Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
UAB snaps a four-game losing streak and moves to 3-7 on the year. Delaware State falls to 3-5 overall.
UAB shot 30.8 percent in the first half, which was enough to take a six-point lead into the locker room at the break, 22-16. The Lady Hornets struggled from the field in the first 20 minutes, hitting just 5-of-24 for 20.8 percent. The halftime lead marked just the second time this season that UAB has led at the half.
Delaware State came out in the second half and took at three-point lead over the Blazers, 31-28, at the 12:12 mark. UAB responded with a 14-5 run that gave the Blazers their largest lead of the game, 42-36, with 4:58 remaining in the game.
UAB extended its lead to 10, 49-39, on a pair of free throws by senior guard Crystal McFadden at the 1:11 mark. One last free throw by McFadden with 20 seconds left made the final score, 50-39 in favor of the Blazers.
"This was big for us to get this win," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "If nothing else, it will help our confidence going into tomorrow's game against a good St. John's squad.
"We played fairly well, but we gave up too many offensive rebounds. We need to be more aggressive on the glass and grab boards."
UAB shot 35.4 percent for the game, including 50 percent from three-point range. The Blazers went to the free throw line 18 times, sinking 11 for a 61.1 percentage.
Freshman guard Amanda Peterson tied her career high with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.
McFadden fell just short of a double-double with nine points and a team-best nine boards. Sophomore guard Fatiha Salaam
hit 3-of-4 from the field and 2-of-4 from the free throw line to add nine points as well.
Senior guard/forward Diamond Rogers tallied six points on the night, while also adding eight rebounds and a team-high six assists.
Delaware State shot 23.8 percent from the field, including 15.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Lady Hornets made just 41.2 percent of its free throws, putting 7-of-17 through the net.
Forward Katreem Palmer led Delaware State with a double-double, tallying 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Thea Littlepage paced the Lady Hornets on the boards with 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass.
UAB will take on St. John's in the championship game Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. CT. The Red Storm defeated Louisiana-Monroe in Monday's first game by a count of 69-53. ULM and Delaware State will play in the consolation game at 4:00 p.m.