Women's Basketball Welcomes FIU Saturday

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Dy'Man Webb scored eight points off the bench at Old Dominion.
Sophomore Dy'Man Webb scored eight points off the bench at Old Dominion.

Jan. 24, 2014

FIU (8-10, 2-3 C-USA) vs. UAB (11-7, 3-2 C-USA)
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. CT
Birmingham, Ala. – Bartow Arena
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TV: Fox Sports
Notes: UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team will host FIU on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Bartow Arena. Opening tip for the contest is set for 11 a.m. CT.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast for free on UABsports.com for fans to listen and it will air nationally on Fox Sports with Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) on the call.

The game has been designated as Dollar Day so fans can purchase tickets just $1.

Things to Know:

  • Conference USA - UAB is tied for fourth in the conference after posting its third win on the road in league play. FIU is tied for sixth in C-USA and is coming off losses to Tulsa and North Texas.
  • Battle on the Boards: Both teams have been strong on the glass this season. UAB leads C-USA in defensive rebounds, averaging 28.78 per game. On the other side, FIU ranks second in offensive rebounds, bringing down an average of 15.89 per game.
  • Senior Karisma Chapman is averaging a double-double in C-USA play so far. She leads the team with 21.0 ppg and 11.6 rpg over the past five games. Chapman has recorded a double-double in all five league games, and eight games on the season.
  • Most recently, UAB remained undefeated in Conference USA play on the road after an 80-64 victory over Old Dominion on Wednesday. Seniors Karisma Chapman and Ashley Grimes led the team with 28 and 21 points, respectively. Sophomore Chelsee Black added 12 points and fellow sophomore Dy’Man Webb scored eight points off the bench for the Blazers.
  • UAB’s defense ranks first in C-USA in defensive rebounds, second in blocked shots, third in scoring defense and third in field goal percentage defense. 

UAB Notes
Scouting the Golden Panthers
FIU (8-10, 2-3 C-USA) is coming off of back-to-back losses in conference play. The Golden Panthers most recently fell to North Texas, 66-59, at home. Jerica Coley leads the team with 29.6 ppg and also leads the team with 75 assists, 30 steals and 20 blocks on the season. Coley currently ranks second in the NCAA in points per game.

The Series
UAB and FIU will meet for just the fifth time in school history. The Blazers have the advantage in the series, winning three of the four previous meetings. The two teams last met in 2001, when UAB defeated the Golden Panthers at home, 96-83, on March 16. UAB’s only loss came in 1992, when the teams met at a neutral site and FIU took the win, 95-74.

Multiple 20-point Scorers
For the third time this season, UAB had two players score over 20 points in the same game. Seniors Karisma Chapman and Ashley Grimes both eclipsed 20 points in the win over Old Dominion. Chapman finished with 28 and Grimes with 21. It was the sixth game this season that Chapman has scored over 20 points and the fifth game for Grimes.

Consecutive Double-Doubles
Karisma Chapman is currently on a streak of five consecutive games with a double-double. Chapman has recorded double digit points and rebounds in all five conference games so far. She currently ranks second in C-USA with an average of 21.0 points per game and is third with 11.6 rebounds per game in league play.

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 (254) and jumped up to fifth in blocked shots (80). As a junior, she became the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, and has since added to her total. With 1,371 points, she has moved into 15th all-time.

Blazer Block Party
UAB ranks second among C-USA schools 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.

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 (18.9 ppg), seventh in rebounding (8.6 rpg), seventh in minutes played (34.2) and ninth in field goal percentage (.500). Grimes is sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.377), seventh in steals (2.1) and ninth in scoring (15.8 ppg). Black is third in free throw percentage (.857), third in 3-point field goals made (2.3 pg), fifth in minutes played (36.3) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.389).

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 32.6 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 12 of the 18 games so far this season. Three different players have reached over 10 rebounds in a contest. Karisma Chapman has recorded double-digit rebounds seven 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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