Women's Hoops Makes Trek To Marshall

Freshman Kayla Anderson has seen valuable playing time in four C-USA games.

Jan. 25, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team returns to the road this Sunday for a Conference USA clash when it travels to Marshall for a 2 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. CT tip at the Cam Henderson Center.

UAB (12-5, 3-1 C-USA) looks to rebound from a loss to Memphis on Thursday, while Marshall (6-11, 0-4 C-USA) is in search of its first conference win of the season.

Fans can catch the action on an all-access feed on www.herdzone.com. Those interested can also follow on Twitter (@UAB_WBB or @UABAthletics). 

Game Information
UAB (12-5, 3-1 C-USA) vs. Marshall (6-11, 0-4 C-USA)
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 • Cam Henderson Center • 2 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. CT

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Series Information
Marshall leads, 9-8
>> In a back-and-forth series that dates back to 1995, Marshall holds a slight all-time advantage. The two teams split last year’s games with UAB taking a 50-45 win on Feb. 5, 2012 at the Cam Henderson Center and the Herd claiming a 40-37 triumph at Bartow Arena on Feb. 19, 2012.

>> Marshall holds two substantial winning streaks in the series. The Herd took three-straight from 2006-07, before picking up four in a row from 2008-10.

Scouting Marshall
>> After controlling a lead at halftime, Marshall was unable to capitalize against Houston on Thursday, falling 71-63 in their fourth-straight conference defeat.

>> Marshall has just one player averaging in double figures for the year in Shay Weaver, who scores 10.5 points per game.

 >> The Herd has lost six-straight on the year after starting the season at 6-5, and averages a league-low 56.1 points per game as a team.



The Lead
Top Defense In C-USA
>> When UAB and Marshall collide on Sunday, the contest will feature the best defense in Conference USA. The Blazers hold opponents to 53.4 points per game, which tops the league. 

>> Marshall enters the contest with the No. 5 best defense in C-USA, holding teams to 59.6 ppg. Offensively, the Herd averages just 56.1 points per contest, which is the 12th-best mark in the league.

UAB Hopes To Rebound
>> UAB hopes to rebound from a 63-55 home loss on Thursday. Memphis scored 21 points off of Blazer miscues in the narrow defeat.

>> The Blazers were also out-rebounded for the second-straight game. This time, UAB failed to overcome a 42-34 deficit on the boards in the loss to Memphis. The Blazers defeated UTEP last Sunday, despite being out-rebounded 57-33 overall and 24-5 on the offensive glass.

Chapman Back In Form
>> UAB junior guard Karisma Chapman was the bright spot for the Blazers against Memphis. Chapman recorded UAB’s first double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

UAB Notes
Memphis Halts UAB’s Run
>>  Just four days after knocking off one-loss UTEP on the road, the Blazers were stopped by Memphis at home, 63-55, on Thursday, marking the first Conference USA defeat for UAB.

Blazers Enjoy The Road
>>  Thursday’s loss was the third of the season for the Blazers inside Bartow Arena. UAB has lost two of its last three at home, but boasts a 4-2 record, including two-straight wins, away from Birmingham.

Second-Half Woes
>>  UAB has been outscored in the second half in each of its last two games. UTEP narrowly outscored the Blazers, 33-31, before Memphis ran past UAB in the final period, 37-23.

UAB Tops UTEP In Texas Thriller
>>  UAB stunned defending Conference USA champion UTEP on the road last Sunday, 61-57. 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 last 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. Memphis made 38.9 percent against the Blazers on Thursday.

Low On Turnovers
>>  With UAB’s six turnovers committed against UTEP, 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 .684 percentage for the year. The Blazers have made 234 out of 342 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.

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). UAB held a seven-point cushion on three different occasions in the loss to Chattanooga (Jan. 2). Most recently, UAB was ahead of Memphis at the half, 32-26, this past Thursday.

Chapman Approaching 1,000
>> Junior Karisma Chapman now has 851 points in her UAB career and needs just 149 to reach 1,000. She would be the 26th player in Blazer history to net 1,000 points.

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 454 points during her three-year Division I career.

Grimes The Difference Maker
>> Junior Ashley Grimes has drawn 12 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 14.3 points per game average.

Jones Moves Up Career Records
>> Amber Jones is moving several career record charts at UAB. The senior is currently fifth in steals (198) and ninth in the 3-pointers made (128).