Women's Basketball Hosts Middle Tennessee Saturday

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Chelsee Black has scored in double figures in 13 games this season.
Sophomore Chelsee Black has scored in double figures in 13 games this season.

Jan. 17, 2014

UAB (10-6, 2-1 C-USA) vs. Middle Tennessee (14-3, 3-0 C-USA)
Saturday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. CT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team will play host to Middle Tennessee on Saturday afternoon. The Blazers and Blue Raiders are set to tip off at 4 p.m. CT. 

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It will be the first game of a double-header with the UAB men’s basketball team. Fans planning to attend the doubleheader can purchase tickets by calling the UAB Athletics Ticket Office at 205-975-8221. A single men's ticket will grant fans access to both games. Tickets are $15 upper level and $20 lower level. 

Blazer Bits

  • Conference USA - UAB has won its last two conference games, both on the road, heading into today’s match. The Blazers are currently sixth in the league standings. Middle Tennessee sits atop the conference standings opening league-play 3-0.
  • It will be just the seventh meeting, and the first as members of the same conference after the Blue Raiders joined Conference USA this season. UAB holds a 4-2 lead in the series that dates back to the 1990 season. The Blazers have won the last three meetings between the two teams. Most recently, UAB topped the Blue Raiders, 71-69, on Dec. 19, 2005 in Bartow Arena.
  • Most recently, UAB defeated Tulsa, 76-65, to earn its second consecutive conference road win. Four different players reached double figures in the game, led by Karisma Chapman and Chelsee Black with 16 points each. Ashley Grimes added 15 points and Kayla Anderson had 11. Chapman also recorded her third-straight double-double with 10 rebounds in the game.
  • The trio of Chapman, Grimes and Black are each averaging double-figures for the Blazers this season. Chapman leads the team with 18.9 ppg, Grimes is adding 15.7 ppg and Black averages 14.8 ppg. All three have scored in double-digits in the same game 10 times during the 2013-14 season.
  • Saturday’s game will be a defensive battle, as both teams are in the top four in scoring defense among C-USA teams. Middle Tennessee leads the conference, holding its opponents to 55.3 points per game, while UAB ranks fourth with a 61.1 opponent average.



Game Notes
Scouting the Blue Raiders
Middle Tennessee (14-3, 3-0 C-USA) will carry a 13-game winning streak into the game with the Blazers. The Blue Raiders currently sit atop the C-USA standings as they are the only team with three conference wins so far. Ebony Rowe is leading the team, averaging a double-double (22.4 pts and 11.5 rebs) on the season.

All Blazers Getting In The Action
UAB had all nine eligible players contribute in the past two games against Marshall and Tulsa. In both games, eight of the nine players that saw time grabbed a rebound and eight of the nine scored at least one point in the win over Tulsa.

Offense on Fire
The Blazers have been shooting well offensively, ranking fourth in C-USA standings in field goal percentage. UAB is sporting a .422 field goal percentage on the season, and has bettered that in conference play with a .436 clip across three games.

Chapman Climbing the Ranks
Senior Karisma Chapman has certainly left her mark on the UAB women’s basketball program. Chapman is now second in school history in steals (252) and jumped up to fifth in blocked shots (78). As a junior, she became the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, and has since added to her total. With 1,343 points, she has moved into 15th all-time.

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 16 games in the 2013-14 season. The three are all averaging double figures and have all scored in double-digits in 10 games this season.

They each rank among the top-10 in C-USA individual categories. Chapman is sixth in scoring (18.9 ppg), ninth in rebounding (8.0 rpg), eighth in minutes played (34.25) and 10th in steals (1.88 per game). Grimes is ninth in steals (2.13), 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (.368) and 10th in scoring (15.7 ppg). Black is second in 3-point field goals made (2.31 pg), third in free throw percentage (.868), fourth in minutes played (36.62), eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.374) and ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.39).

UAB Efficient Behind the Arc
The Blazers have been shooting well from three-point range this season. They currently rank fifth in Conference USA with a 32.2 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 16 games so far this season. Three different players have reached over 10 rebounds in a contest. Karisma Chapman has recorded double-digit rebounds five 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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