Dec. 20, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's basketball team fell to the Florida State Seminoles, 66-52, Thursday evening at Bartow Arena. Senior guard/forward Diamond Rogers paced the Blazers with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the loss to the Seminoles.
UAB's record slips to 4-8 on the year, while Florida State improves its record to 8-3 overall.
After Florida State scored the first bucket of the game, UAB's only lead of the contest came on a three-point bucket by Rogers at 18:52 to put the Blazers ahead 3-2. The Seminoles went on to take a 14-point lead with 6:39 remaining in the first half, 23-9. The Blazers outscored FSU 10-5 down the stretch to cut the Seminoles' lead to nine at halftime, 28-19.
In the second half of play, Florida State extended its lead to as much as 19 at the 7:04 mark on a layup by Shante Williams to make the score, 59-40. The Blazers hit some key shots in the last four minutes of the game to come within 11, 61-50, before eventually falling to the Seminoles by 14, 66-52.
"We were just exhausted tonight," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "We hosted our tournament Monday and Tuesday. To play three games in four days takes a lot out of you.
"To go along with that, we couldn't get our shots to fall tonight. It was just one of those games and Florida State is a good team."
Florida State held a distinct advantage in shooting percentage, hitting 39.7 percent of its shots compared to 28.2 percent for UAB. The Seminoles also connected on 6-of-13 from beyond the arc, while the Blazers made 6-of-27.
Rogers' 17 points and 16 rebounds served as her second double-double of the season and the seventh time this year that she led UAB in scoring. Senior guard Crystal McFadden added 13 points and seven boards on the night, while freshman guard Amanda Peterson tallied her sixth consecutive double-digit scoring game with 11 points.
Mara Freshour and Williams both tallied double-doubles for the Seminoles, with Freshour scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 boards and Williams scoring an identical 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
UAB will take some time off for the holidays and return to action on Dec. 30 when they host Team Alabama in an exhibition game. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. in Bartow Arena.