Feb. 2, 2013
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team looks to rebound from Thursday’s heartbreaking loss to Southern Miss as it treks to Houston, Texas to take on Rice Sunday at 2 p.m. CT.
At 13-6 overall and 4-2 in Conference USA action, the Blazers face a Rice squad that has lost five-straight games on the season.
The Blazers are led by Capital One All Academic District 4 selection, Amber Jones, who paces UAB with 13.8 points per game.
The Owls, who average 57.2 points per contest as a team, are led by Jessica Kuster’s 16.8 points per outing.
Following Sunday’s clash, UAB travels to Dallas, Texas to face SMU at 7 p.m. CT next Thursday, Feb. 7.
UAB (13-6, 4-2 C-USA) vs. Rice (9-11, 1-6 C-USA)
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 – Tudor Fieldhouse
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UAB leads, 5-3
>> UAB and Rice have met eight times with the Blazers holding a slight 5-3 advantage in the all-time series.
>> The Blazers won both meetings last season, including a 72-46 victory in the Conference USA Tournament.
>> UAB won three straight over the Owls from 2007-09 – the longest win streak by any team in the series that dates back to 2006.
>> Rice comes into Sunday’s game having lost five-straight games on the year. The Owls are currently 1-6 against Conference USA foes.
>> Jessica Kluster leads the team in scoring with her 16.8 points per game, while Megan Palmer adds 10.7 ppg.
>> The Owls score just 57.2 points per game and average 19 turnovers per contest.
Blazers Fall To Southern Miss
>> UAB fell in a heartbreaker to Southern Miss on Thursday night, 54-51. The Blazers had four chances in the final 12 seconds of the game to tie or take the lead, but failed to overcome a season-low 24-percent shooting performance.
>> Thursday’s loss marked the second-straight home defeat for the Blazers, who dropped a 63-55 game to Memphis on Jan. 24. UAB is 6-4 overall at Bartow Arena this season.
Defense Shines Again
>> The Blazers have forced 22 turnovers in each of the last two games, while Conference USA opponents are averaging 19.7 miscues per contest against UAB. Southern Miss, which shot 42 percent for the game, was only the second league opponent to shoot over the 40 percent clip against the Blazers so far this season.
Weynand Wows Against USM
>> Senior guard Kelsie Weynand, who saw limited action in the three games heading into Thursday’s clash with Southern Miss, came off the bench and scored a career-high 17 points on the night. Her 3-point heave with just under five minutes remaining gave the Blazers their only lead of the contest.
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 .690 percentage for the year. The Blazers have made 251 out of 364 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). UAB was ahead of Memphis at the half, 32-26, on Jan. 24 and led against Southern Miss, 48-46, with five minutes to go.
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. Jones was selected as a District 4 honoree earlier this week.
Jones No. 10 In Games Played
>> Amber Jones has moved into the top-10 in UAB history in games played as she has seen action in 114 contests throughout her career.
Anderson Crashes The Boards
>> Freshman Kayla Anderson recorded a game-high 11 rebounds against Southern Miss -- a season-high for her and the second most by a Blazer in a single game this season.
Chapman Approaching 1,000
>> Junior Karisma Chapman now has 879 points in her UAB career and needs just 121 to reach 1,000. She would be the 26th player in Blazer history to net 1,000 points.