Jan. 18, 2013
Game Notes | TV: Fox Sports | Twitter: @UAB_WBB | Live Stats: www.uabsports.com
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Hoping to stay unbeaten in Conference USA action, the UAB women’s basketball team (11-4, 2-0 C-USA) travels to El Paso, Texas this weekend to face UTEP (14-1, 2-0 C-USA) in a matchup of two of the top teams in the league.
Opening tip for Sunday’s game is slated for 2 p.m. CT/ 1 p.m. MT at the Don Haskins Center on the UTEP campus. Locally, fans can watch the contest on SportSouth with Ron Thulin and Debbie Antonelli on the call.
UTEP comes into the matchup on a nine-game winning streak and has a perfect 10-0 mark at home. The Miners are currently No. 28 in the Coaches Poll and fourth in the ESPN.com Midmajor Poll.
UAB is coming off two impressive wins last week and looks to pick up its second C-USA road victory in three games. The Blazers have been helped by the emergence of junior Ashley Grimes, who is averaging a team-high 17.5 points per game in conference play.
If fans are unable to catch the contest on SportSouth, those interested can follow along on Twitter (@UAB_WBB and @UABAthletics) or through live stats at www.uabsports.com.
UAB (11-4, 2-0 C-USA) at UTEP (14-1, 2-0 C-USA)
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013
Don Haskins Center -- El Paso, Texas
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UTEP leads, 5-4
>> UTEP owns a slight advantage in the series that dates back to 1990. The Miners took the first game between the two schools, 61-41, on Dec. 20 of that year.
>> Both teams swapped victories in the series until last season when UTEP took two-straight from the Blazers, including a 60-49 win in the 2012 Conference USA Tournament in Memphis, Tenn.
>> UTEP enters Sunday’s game on a nine-game winning streak. In fact, the Miners have lost just one game this season, a 69-68 setback to New Mexico State on Nov. 28. UTEP later ousted NMSU, 66-44, on Dec. 5.
>> Three players score in double figures for the Miners, led by guard Kayla Thornton’s 15.4 ppg. UTEP averages 70.4 points per game as a team and holds a +14.2 scoring advantage over its opponents, who average 56.2 ppg.
Grimes The Difference Maker
>> Junior Ashley Grimes has drawn 10 starts on the year, scoring in double figures in eight of those games. She leads the team in scoring in C-USA play with a 17.5 points per game average.
Jones, Chapman and Grimes
>> Following her strong performances against UCF and Houston, Ashley Grimes (10.9) joins teammates Amber Jones (14.1) and Karisma Chapman (12.1) as the lone Blazers averaging in double figures.
Newman Picks Up Start
>> Freshman Khoria Newman picked up just the second start of the season in the squad’s first conference test at UCF. Newman provided valuable playing time and tallied five points and three rebounds in 16 minutes.
Anderson Sees The Floor
>> Freshman Kayla Anderson has logged 46 minutes (23 per game) in C-USA play, providing much needed depth off the bench. Anderson recorded eight rebounds during her 46 minutes of action.
Kleist Steps Up
>> Following a tough start in non-conference, senior Michaelea Kleist has stepped up for the Blazers in C-USA play. In two games, Kleist is averaging five points per game and tallied nine rebounds against Houston -- a season high for her.
Kleist Closing In On 500
>> Senior Michaelea Kleist is closing in on 500 points in her career. Kleist, who attended Eastern Kentucky from 2009-10, has 440 points during her three-year Division I career.
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.
UAB Picked Third In C-USA
>> As UAB opens the 2012-13 Conference USA season, head coach Audra Smith’s team looks to build on high expectations. The league coaches picked the Blazers to finish third in the conference, while Tulane was picked to win the league ahead of last year’s champion UTEP. This is UAB’s 18th season of Conference USA basketball.
>> UAB set the school’s single-game record for fewest points allowed 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.
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.
>> A second-team all-conference selection in 2011-12, Blazer junior forward Karisma Chapman was tabbed a Preseason All-Conference USA performer in 2012-13. 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.
Chapman Held Scoreless?
>> Forward Karisma Chapman was held scoreless for the first time since her freshman season on Sunday. The last time the junior failed to register a point came on Feb. 27, 2011 against Memphis.
Jones Moves Up Career Records
>> Amber Jones is up moving several career record charts at UAB. The senior is currently fifth in steals (192) and ninth in the 3-pointers made (126).
Black Named SAOW
>> Freshman Chelsee Black was named UAB’s Student Athlete of the Week following her strong performances this past week. Boasting a 3.62 GPA, Black was given the honor due to her success both on and off the floor.
Jones All-Academic Candidate
>> Senior Amber Jones, who leads the team in several statistical categories and is an All-Conference USA performer, has been nominated for the CoSIDA All-Academic team. The Town Creek, Ala., native boasts a 3.67 GPA in her four years at UAB.