Blazers Trek To Marshall Saturday

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Chelsee Black has scored over 26 points in each of UAB's last two games.
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Sophomore Chelsee Black has scored over 26 points in each of UAB's last two games.
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Jan. 10, 2014

UAB (8-6, 0-1 C-USA) at Marshall (7-7, 0-1 C-USA)
Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. ET
Huntington, W. Va.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team will play its first Conference USA road game of the season when it takes on Marshall in Huntington, W. Va. on Saturday.

The Blazers and the Thundering Herd are set to tip off at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT.

Blazer Bits

  • Conference USA - UAB and Marshall both opened conference play this week. UAB fell to UTEP, while Marshall lost to Tulane.
  • Saturday’s game will be the sixth afternoon game for UAB. The Blazers are 4-1 in afternoon games this season. UAB and Marshall tip off at 1 pm ET/12 pm CT.
  • Most recently, UAB opened Conference USA play Wednesday with an 85-76 loss to UTEP. The Blazers trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half and battled back within seven, but couldn’t overtake the Miners. Senior Karisma Chapman and sophomore Chelsee Black each finished with 26 points. Chapman also grabbed 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double this season.
  • The trio of Chapman, Grimes and Black are each averaging double-figures for the Blazers this season. Chapman leads the team with 18.6 ppg, Grimes is adding 15.8 ppg and Black averages 15.0 ppg. All three have scored in double-digits in the same game eight times during the 2013-14 season.
  • Among Conference USA teams, UAB and Marshall are tied for fourth in scoring defense, holding opponents to an average of 61.1 points per game.

 

 

Game Notes
Scouting the Herd
Marshall (7-7) is coming off of its first conference game of of the season. The Herd fell to Tulane, 77-61, on Thursday. Leah Scott is leading the team with 11.6 points per game and AJ Johnson also averages double figures with 10.0 ppg. Defensively, Chukwuka Ezeigbo is grabbing 7.1 rebounds per game. The Herd average 65.2 points per game and are shooting .388 as a team.

The Series
UAB and Marshall will meet for the 20th time in series history with UAB holding a 10-9 advantage. The teams met twice last season, with the Blazers coming away with victories in both games. Most recently, UAB topped the Herd 61-43 on Feb. 17, 2013.

Block Party
UAB, who ranks third in the league in blocked shots (4.98 per game), put down eight against UTEP. Karisma Chapman led the team with four blocks, while Kayla Anderson added three blocks. It was Anderson’s eighth game with three or more blocks this season.

Chapman Climbing the Ranks
Senior Karisma Chapman has certainly left her mark on the UAB women’s basketball program. Chapman is second in school history in steals (248) and jumped up to fifth in blocked shots (76) after recording four against UTEP. As a junior, she became the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, and as since added to her total. With 1,302 points, she has moved into 16th all-time and is 30 points away from 15th.

Dynamic Duo
In the two games against Vanderbilt and UTEP, Karisma Chapman and Chelsee Black have each scored over 25 points. Black finished with 29 against Vanderbilt and then had 26 against UTEP. Chapman tallied 27 points against the Commodores and added 26 against UTEP. It was the first time that two UAB players have scored more than 25 points in consecutive games since the 2001 season, when Blazer greats Natasha Thomas and Deaana Jackson did it.

A Trio of Leading Ladies
The group of senior forward Karisma Chapman, senior guard Ashley Grimes and sophomore point guard Chelsee Black have combined to lead UAB in scoring in all 13 games in the 2013-14 season. The three are all averaging double figures and have all scored in double-digits in eight games this season.

UAB Efficient Behind the Arc
The Blazers have been shooting well from three-point range this season. They currently rank third in Conference USA with a 31.9 3-point field goal percentage. UAB also has the top two single game percentages in the conference, as the team shot 75.0 percent against Samford and 66.7 percent at Memphis.

Blazers Attacking the Boards
The Blazers have been strong on the boards in the 2013-14 season. They have outrebounded their opponents in 10 of the 13 games so far this season. Three different players have reached over 10 rebounds in a contest. Karisma Chapman has recorded double-digit rebounds three times, sophomore Dy’Man Webb had a career-high 11 against Arizona and sophomore Brittany Winborne recorded 13 against High Point.

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