UAB Meets Old Dominion On The Road

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Kayla Anderson recorded five blocked shots against Middle Tennessee.
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Sophomore Kayla Anderson recorded five blocked shots against Middle Tennessee.
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Jan. 21, 2014

UAB (10-7, 2-2 C-USA) at Old Dominion (9-9, 2-2 C-USA)
Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. ET
Norfolk, Va.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. The UAB women’s basketball team is back on the road this week to take on Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. The game is set for Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.

Fans can listen to the game free on UABsports.com.

Blazer Bits

  • Conference USA - Both teams enter today’s game 2-2 in conference play. UAB’s two wins came on the road against Marshall and Tulsa. Old Dominion recently defeated Florida Atlantic at home.
  • The teams will play for the first time since March 8, 1991, when UAB won, 74-69. It will mark the 14th meeting between the two teams, in a series that dates back to the 1982-82 season. Old Dominion holds an 11-2 advantage, but UAB won the last two meetings.
  • Senior Karisma Chapman is averaging a double-double in C-USA play so far. She leads the team with 19.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg. Chapman has recorded a double-double in all four league games and seven games on the season.
  • Most recently, UAB lost to Middle Tennessee, 61-55. The Blazers had three players score in double figures as the team shot 41.1 percent from the field but couldn’t hold off the Blue Raiders. Sophomore Chelsee Black led the team with 15 points and senior Karisma Chapman finished with a double-double (10 pts/10 rebs).
  • The trio of Chapman, Grimes and Black are each averaging double-figures for the Blazers this season. Chapman leads the team with 18.4 ppg, Grimes is adding 15.5 ppg and Black averages 14.8 ppg. All three have scored in double-digits in the same game 11 times during the 2013-14 season.
  • UAB’s defense ranks third in C-USA in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense.

 

 

Notes
Scouting the Lady Monarchs
Old Dominion (9-9, 2-2 C-USA) is coming off of a win over Florida Atlantic, 80-44, at home. The Lady Monarchs have won two-straight in conferenc play heading into the game with UAB. Shae Kelley, who leads ODU, is averaging a double-double on the season with 16.9 ppg and 10.7 rpg. The Lady Monarchs are shooting .409 from the field and .568 from the free throw line to average 69.7 points per game. 

Blazer Block Party
UAB ranks third among C-USA in blocked shots per game (4.80). The Blazers put down a season-high 10 blocks as a team against Middle Tennessee. Sophomore Kayla Anderson recorded five of those blocks, which ties her career-high set earlier this season against Memphis. 

All Blazers Getting In The Action
UAB had all nine eligible players contribute in the 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. Against Middle Tennessee, seven different players scored and grabbed a rebound. 

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 (253) and her two block shots against Middle Tennessee ties her for fourth all-time with 80 blocks. As a junior, she became the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, and has since added to her total. With 1,353 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 17 games in the 2013-14 season. The three are each averaging double figures and have all scored in double-digits in 11 games this season.

They each rank among the top-10 in C-USA individual categories. Chapman is sixth in scoring (18.4 ppg), eighth in rebounding (8.1 rpg), eighth in minutes played (33.94) and 10th in field goal percentage (.500). Grimes is eighth in steals (2.12), ninth in scoring (15.5 ppg) and ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (.371) and. Black is second in free throw percentage (.870), third in 3-point field goals made (2.29 pg), fourth in minutes played (36.65), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.379) and 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.29).

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 Deanna Jackson did it.

UAB Efficient Behind the Arc
The Blazers have been shooting well from three-point range this season. They currently rank third in Conference USA with a 32.5 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.

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