Women's Basketball Battles Memphis At Bartow

UABSPORTS.COM Senior Michaelea Kleist played a team-high 37 minutes in the win at UTEP.
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Senior Michaelea Kleist played a team-high 37 minutes in the win at UTEP.
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Jan. 23, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – One of only two remaining unbeaten teams in Conference USA, UAB women’s basketball returns home on Thursday to face Memphis at 7 p.m. CT.

At 12-4 overall on the year, the Blazers come into Thursday’s clash hoping to improve on their 3-0 start in league play.

Led by junior Ashley Grimes, who had 15 second-half points, UAB ran past UTEP on Sunday, 61-57, to win its third-straight game on the year.

Memphis enters the contest on the heels of a loss to Tulane on Sunday. The Tigers, 11-7, 2-2 in C-USA, are led by Nicole Dickson, who averages a league-high 20 points per game. 

Game Information
UAB (12-4, 3-0 C-USA) vs. Memphis (11-7, 2-2 C-USA)
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 – 7 p.m. CT
Bartow Arena – Birmingham, Ala.

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Series Information
Memphis leads, 29-21
>> Memphis owns a 29-21 lead in the all-time series with UAB. The Tigers won each of last season’s two meetings – a 70-59 win at Bartow Arena on Jan. 22, 2012 and a 71-56 triumph in Memphis on Feb. 23, 2012. 

>> The Tigers won 12-straight in the series from 1995-2000. UAB’s longest win streak came from 2006-2009 when the Blazers took seven-straight from Memphis.

Scouting Memphis...
>> Memphis enters Thursday’s game at 11-7 overall and has won two out of its last three games. 

 >> The Tigers average 71.9 points per game and are one of the top rebounding teams in the league with 43.2 boards per game -- third best in C-USA. 

 >> Four players average in double figures, including Nicole Dickson, who is the conference’s leading scorer with a 20 points per game average.

The Lead
UAB 3-0 In C-USA Play

>> Coming into Thursday’s game, UAB is one of two undefeated teams in Conference USA. The Blazers have won two of their conference contests on the road after downing UTEP, 61-57, last Sunday. UAB handed the Miners just their second loss of the season and snapped their nine-game winning streak. 

Blazers Top Defensive Charts
>> UAB has once again established itself as one of the top defensive teams in Conference USA and the nation. Currently, the Blazers top C-USA in nearly every defensive category, including scoring defense (52.8 ppg), field-goal percentage defense (.340) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.248). UAB is also No. 2 in blocks (4.5 per game) and steals (12.6 per game). The Blazers rank 29th according to NCAA statistics in scoring defense.

Trio Of Scorers Lead UAB
>> Senior Amber Jones (13.6), along with juniors Ashley Grimes (11.2) and Karisma Chapman (12.3), all average in double figures for the Blazers. Grimes and Chapman each scored a team-high 15 against UTEP with all of Grimes’ points coming in a second-half surge.

UAB Notes
UAB Tops UTEP In Texas Thriller
>>  The Blazers enter Thursday’s game riding high after a stunning 61-57 win on the road at UTEP. The Miners outrebounded UAB, 57-33, but the Blazers went on a 14-3 run in the second half to claim the win.

Blazers Stiff Against C-USA
>>  UTEP shot just 28 percent against the Blazers on Sunday, becoming the third-straight opponent to shoot under 30 percent against UAB. UCF made just 26.7 percent of its shots, while Houston hit only 23.7 percent.

Low On Turnovers
>>  With UAB’s six turnovers committed against UTEP on Sunday, the Blazers now account for the top three fewest turnover games in Conference USA history. UAB committed a league record low five against Tulsa on Feb. 12, 2009 before six miscues against Chattanooga on Nov. 11, 2011. The Blazers are currently second in the C-USA in turnover margin with a +5.5 advantage.

UAB On Fire At The Line
>> UAB is one of the top free-throw shooting teams in Conference USA with a .690 percentage for the year. The Blazers have made 220 out of 319 attempts at the charity stripe. The 29 made free throws against Tennessee State on Nov. 23 represented the highest single-game mark of any team in C-USA this season. 

Newcomers Hit At Right Time
>>  UAB has several newcomers who have stepped up at the right time. In three conference games, junior college transfer Ashley Grimes leads the team in scoring with 16.7 ppg, while freshman Chelsee Black is averaging 7.3 points per contest. Fellow freshman Khoria Newman logged her second start of the season against UCF on Jan. 10 in a five-point effort.  Kayla Anderson has played 65 minutes in three games and is averaging four rebounds per contest.

Points At A Premium
>>  The three C-USA opponents that UAB has faced are averaging 49.7 points per game against the Blazers. Houston and UCF scored 46 each, while UTEP was held to 57 -- its second-lowest outing on the year. 

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).

Chapman Approaching 1,000
>> Junior Karisma Chapman now has 832 points in her UAB career and needs just 168 to reach 1,000. She would be the 26th player in Blazer history to net 1,000 points.

Jones Moves Up Career Records
>> Amber Jones is moving several career record charts at UAB. The senior is currently fifth in steals (197) and ninth in the 3-pointers made (127).

Kleist Steps Up
>> Following a tough start in non-conference, senior Michaelea Kleist has stepped up for the Blazers in C-USA play. In three games, Kleist is averaging 6.0 ppg and tallied 9 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 448 points during her three-year Division I career.

Grimes The Difference Maker
 >> Junior Ashley Grimes has drawn 11 starts on the year, scoring in double figures in nine of those games. She leads the team in scoring in C-USA play with a 16.7 points per game average.