Women's Basketball Hosts Houston Sunday

UABSPORTS.COM Junior Ashley Grimes scored a career-high 21 points against UCF on Thursday.
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Junior Ashley Grimes scored a career-high 21 points against UCF on Thursday.
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Jan. 12, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Following a win in the squad's first Conference USA contest, the UAB women's basketball team hosts Houston on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT.

The Blazers return to Bartow Arena after a dominating performance at UCF on Thursday when UAB held the Knights to just three made field goals in the first half in a 64-46 victory.  

Houston enters the contest following a tight 77-74 win against Memphis. The Cougars are led by Porsche Landry, who averages 17.4 points per game - the only Houston player in double figures.

Following Sunday's matchup, UAB travels to El Paso, Texas to take on UTEP on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. MT.

Game Information
Houston (7-7, 1-0 C-USA) at UAB (10-4, 0-0 C-USA)
Jan. 13, 2013 - 2 p.m. CT
Bartow Arena

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Series Information
Series Tied 11-11

>> The Blazers clash with Houston for the 23rd time on Sunday with the series tied at 11-11. UAB won the last meeting between the two schools, 67-43, on Jan. 15, 2012.

>> In a series that dates back to 1989, the Blazers hold the longest winning streak after taking five games from 1998-2000. Sunday's meeting will be the lone contest between the two schools this season.

Scouting Houston...
>> Houston enters the game at 7-7 overall after picking up its first C-USA win over Memphis, 77-74, on Thursday.

>> Houston averages 66.9 points per contest and gives up 66.3 per game. The Cougars outscore opponents in the first half by an average of 3.8 per game, but are outscored in the second half by an average of 4.1 points per game.

UAB Notes
UAB Looks To Continue Strong Start

>> UAB won its first Conference USA game on Thursday, cruising past UCF, 64-46. The Blazers held the Knights to just a 3-for-31 clip from the floor in the first half before building as much as a 23-point cushion in the victory.

Grimes Makes The Difference

>> Following her career-high of 21 points scored against UCF on Thursday, junior Ashley Grimes now joins teammates Amber Jones and Karisma Chapman as the three Blazers who average in double figures. Grimes now averages 10.7 per contest, while Chapman scores 12.9 ppg and Jones leads the team with a 13.9 average.

Blazers Turn Up Heat On Defense

>> The Blazers held UCF to just 9-percent shooting in the first half  (26.7 percent for the game) Thursday in another strong defensive effort. UAB is second in C-USA in scoring defense, allowing just 53.0 points per game and is No. 1 in the league in 3-point field goal percentage defense (23.9 percent).

Blazers Fire At The Line

 >> UAB is one of the top free-throw shooting teams in Conference USA with a .696 percentage for the year. The Blazers have made 201 out of 289 attempts on the year at the charity stripe.

Leading In Losses

 >> The Blazers have held leads in every loss this season. Against Vanderbilt, UAB had a one-point advantage (7-6) early in the game, while establishing a nine-point advantage at George Mason (Dec. 2) and a 13-point lead against Morehead State (Dec. 18). Most recently, UAB held a seven-point cushion on three different occasions in the loss to Chattanooga (Jan. 2).

30 Below

 >> UAB set the school's single-game record by holding Arkansas-Pine Bluff to just 25 points. The previous low was a 31-point outing from South Alabama against the Blazers on Nov. 24, 1996.

Best Start Since The `90's

 >> The Blazers jumped out to the program's best start since the 1994-95 season when this year's addition began the campaign at 7-1. The Blazers began 1994-95 at 8-1 and went on to finish 19-9 overall.  

Chapman Approaching 1,000

 >> Junior Karisma Chapman now has 817 points in her UAB career and needs just 183 to reach 1,000. She would be the 26th player in Blazer history to net 1,000 points.   

Preseason All-C-USA

 >> A second-team all-conference selection in 2011-12, Blazer junior forward Karisma Chapman has been tabbed a Preseason All-Conference USA performer. The Calumet City, Ill., native led the Blazers in scoring (13.8 ppg) and was third on the squad in rebounding (5.1 rpg) last season.

Jones Moves Up Career Records

 >> Amber Jones is moving several career record charts at UAB. The senior is currently fifth in steals (192) and ninth in the 3-pointers made (126).