Women's Basketball Hosts Chattanooga

Coach Audra Smith has her team off to a 9-3 start to the 2012-13 season.

Jan. 1, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Looking for its third-straight win on the year, the UAB women's basketball team concludes non-conference play against Chattanooga on Wednesday at Noon CT.

The Blazers take their 9-3 overall record into Wednesday's contest as they look to enter Conference-USA play next week against UCF with three losses or less for the second-consecutive year.

Chattanooga enters the matchup with an 8-2 overall record and a No. 2 ranking in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll. The team's only losses came at St. Mary's on Nov. 24 and against Auburn on Dec. 19.

Following Wednesday's action, UAB heads to Orlando to take on UCF next Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. CT.

Game Information
UAB vs. Chattanooga
Noon CT - Bartow Arena

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Fans can follow a video and audio broadcast of the action on www.uabsports.com with Reid Adair and Laura Waldrop calling the game. Those interested can also follow along on Twitter (@UAB_WBB or @UABathletics).                           

UAB Notes
UAB Looks To Snap Six-Game Skid To UTC
>> UAB trails in the all-time series with Chattanooga, 14-18. The Lady Mocs have won the last six meetings between the  two schools, dating back to Nov. 29, 2002. UTC has won the last six meetings by an average margin of 10.1 points per game game, while the last two matchups have been decided by seven points or less. The Blazers fell to the Lady Mocs, 65-59, in the last contest between the two schools on Nov. 11, 2011.

Three Losses Heading Into C-USA
>> UAB is trying to enter Conference USA play with three losses or less for the second-consecutive season. Last year, the Blazers entered C-USA action with a 9-3 overall record before winning four-straight to begin the conference slate. Previous to last year's win total, the last time UAB entered conference action with three or less losses came in the 2000-01 season.

All About Defense
>> The Blazers currently rank second in Conference-USA in scoring defense. UAB has allowed just 52.5 points per game this season, good for second in the league behind East Carolina's 52.3 points per contest.

Own The Line
>> The Blazers are tops in Conference USA as far as free-throw shooting goes. UAB has hit 69.1 percent as a team this season, making 179 of 259. UAB's 29 free-throws made and 93.5 percent clip against Tennessee State are both conference highs this season. Junior Karisma Chapman was the catalyst against TSU, with a UAB record 15-for-15 clip from the line in that contest.

Newcomers Stepping Up
>> UAB has eight newcomers on this year's team and they have proved pivotal so far in 2012. Freshman Chelsee Black has seen playing time in all 12 of the Blazers' games. Meanwhile, newcomer and junior guard/forward Ashley Grimes has scored in double figures in five of the seven games she has started for the Blazers.

Jones, Chapman Lead Blazers
>> Senior guard Amber Jones and junior forward Karisma Chapman are the lone Blazers averaging double-figures in scoring this season. Jones paces the Blazers with a 14.1 points per game average, while Chapman boasts 13.8 points per outing.

Chapman Approaching 1,000
>> Junior Karisma Chapman now has 802 points in her UAB career and needs just 198 to reach 1,000. She would be the 26th player in Blazer history to net 1,000 points.