Jan. 12, 2001
UAB and Memphis square off for the second time in two weeks, but this time it is on ESPN2, Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse in Memphis.
This is a big chance for the Lady Blazers to showcase the program and All-America candidate Deanna Jackson to the nation. UAB is 10-4 overall and 2-1 in Conference USA play. The Lady Tigers are 8-6 and 1-2 in the league.
The Lady Blazers pounded Memphis 78-51 in the C-USA opener just two weeks ago. In that game Jackson scored 35 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. UAB jumped out to a 25-4 lead and led by as much as 37 points in the second half.
Jackson is second in the nation in scoring and rebounding, averaging 27 points and 13 rebounds a game. However, she has scored just nine and 16 points the last two games. Those are the only two games she has been held to under 20 points.
The biggest difference between Sunday's game and the one two weeks ago is the location. UAB is a perfect 7-0 in Bartow Arena. The Lady Blazers are just 1-3 on the opposition's home court. A case in point about the road, UAB fell at DePaul, 61-60 in the final seconds in Chicago, Monday night. DePaul had lost 70-52 in Memphis just a few days earlier.
Memphis started the season 5-0, including wins over Mississippi State and Arkansas, but has gone 3-6 since. Memphis, like UAB, is a much better team at home. The Lady Tigers are 5-1 at home and just 2-5 on the road.
Tiffany Adkins, a preseason all-conference selection, scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds in the first meeting. The 6-foot-1 guard is averaging 19.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Mallissa Bush is averaging 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds a contest.
UAB guard Mia Thrash is averaging 13.2 points per game, second on the team. Freshman forward Natasha Thomas has scored 15 points in each of the last two games and is averaging 10.5 points a game.
Lady Blazer center Shaquetta Rhodes scored 20 points in the first Memphis game and leads the conference in field goal percentage hitting 61 percent of her shots from the field. Rhodes has hit 78 percent of her shots in the three conference games. She is averaging 8.4 points per game.
A NOTE: Friday, Jan. 19 is "Pack the House Night" for the Lady Blazers as they host Southern Miss in Conference USA action. The game will begin at 7 p.m. in Bartow Arena.