Blazers Remain On The Road To Face Tulsa

UABSPORTS.COM Senior Karisma Chapman has scored 25 or more points in each of the last three games.
Senior Karisma Chapman has scored 25 or more points in each of the last three games.

Jan. 14, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. The UAB women’s basketball team will face Tulsa on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Blazers and Golden Hurricane are set to tip off at 7 p.m. CT.

Blazer Bits

  • Conference USA - UAB and Tulsa both enter the game 1-1 in conference play. Both teams recorded losses against UTEP in the opening week.
  • It will be the 12th meeting between UAB and Tulsa. The Blazers lead the series with a 10-1 advantage over the Golden Hurricane. The teams met once last season, with UAB taking the win, 59-45.
  • Most recently, UAB grabbed its first league win as it topped Marshall, 63-57. Senior Karisma Chapman scored 25 points and brought down 11 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double and fifth on the season. The Blazers battled back from a 13-point deficit to take the win.
  • The trio of Chapman, Grimes and Black are each averaging double-figures for the Blazers this season. Chapman leads the team with 19.1 ppg, Grimes is adding 15.7 ppg and Black averages 14.7 ppg. All three have scored in double-digits in the same game nine times during the 2013-14 season.
  • UAB’s defense ranks fourth among Conference USA teams, holding opponents to 60.9 points per game. The Blazers are third in field goal percentage defense as well, with opponents shooting just .369.

Game Notes
Scouting the Golden Hurricane
Tulsa (7-6, 1-1 C-USA) is coming off of a loss to UTEP, 97-66, on the road last week. Three Golden Hurricane players are averaging double figures. Ashley Clark leads the team with 13.8 points, Kelsee Grovey is averaging 11.0 points and Mariah Turner adds 10.4 points per game. Clark also leads the defensive effort with 6.3 rebounds per game for Tulsa



Block Party
UAB, who ranks third in the league in blocked shots (4.53 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 (250) 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 1,327 points, she has moved into 16th all-time and is just three 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.

They each rank among the top-10 in C-USA individual categories. Chapman is sixth in scoring (19.1 ppg), eighth in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and eighth in minutes played (34.60). Grimes is seventh in steals (2.27), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.377). Black is second in three-point field goals made (2.20 pg), third in free throw percentage (.868) and fourth in minutes played (36.53).f

UAB Efficient Behind the Arc
The Blazers have been shooting well from three-point range this season. They currently rank sixth in Conference USA with a 32.0 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 11 of the 15 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.

Strong Under the Basket
The team has outscored its opponents in the paint in eight of the first 15 games this season. The Blazers have tallied at least 30 points in the paint in each of those games. UAB has played especially well at home, scoring 40 points in the paint against Lipscomb, tallying 30 in the win over Samford and putting up 32 to top Arizona.

Sophomores Stepping Up
UAB will rely on a strong sophomore class in 2013-14 with six sophomores returning. Chelsee Black, a Bessemer native, is third on the team with 14.7 points per game and scored in double-figures in 13 of the team’s 15 games. The duo of Kayla Anderson and Dy’man Webb are averaging 5.0 and 5.5 rpg, respectively. Anderson leads the team with 2.27 blocks per game, putting down at least three blocks in seven games.

Black Leading the Pack
Sophomore Chelsee Black has been outstanding as the starting point guard for UAB in the 2013-14 season. She leads the team in assists with 3.15 per game. She is currently third on the team with 14.7 ppg and is averaging 4.1 rebounds per game. Black is the only sophomore to rank in the C-USA top-10 in minutes played with 36.46 minutes per game, which is fourth.

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