Feb. 7, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team will host East Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 8 in the annual Play 4Kay game. The game is set to tip off at 2 p.m. CT.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Sunday’s game as the UAB department of athletics tries to raise awareness of breast cancer as part of the Kay Yow Initiative.
There will be a pre-game silent auction on the concourse beginning at 1 p.m. with different themed baskets up for auction and donations will be accepted throughout the game. There will also be a special recognition for cancer survivors and those currently fighting cancer.
The game will be available for fans to listen to free on UABsports.com.
Scouting the Pirates
East Carolina (19-3, 7-2 C-USA) comes into the game ranked second in Conference USA. The Pirates have won their last three games in conference play. Jada Payne leads the team with 19.9 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. Defensively, Ondrea Shaw leads the league in blocked shots with 69 on the season so far.
Saturday’s game will mark the 25th meeting between UAB and East Carolina in a series that dates back to 1979. The Pirates have a 14-10 advantage in the series. Last season, the teams split their two meetings. UAB won the first, 62-58, in Bartow on Feb. 10, 2013. East Carolina came back and won in a close game, 53-52, on Feb. 28, 2013.
The overtime win against Florida Atlantic on Feb. 5 was the first time that UAB has won an overtime game since 2008. The last win came against Tulsa on Feb. 14, 2008, when the Blazers took the win, 78-74.
Blazers’ Offense on Fire
UAB had its highest scoring game of the season in the overtime win against Florida Atlantic, 94-91. The Blazers shot 54 percent from the field, including 60 percent in the second half. It was the second highest percentage for a game this season. The team also recorded its highest scoring half in 2013-14 with 47 points in the first half.
Karisma Chapman is currently on a streak of eight consecutive games with a double-double. Chapman has recorded double-digit points and rebounds in all eight conference games so far. She currently ranks second in C-USA with an average of 21.5 points per game and is fourth with 11.9 rebounds per game in league play.
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 21 games in the 2013-14 season. The three are each averaging double figures and have all scored in double-digits in 13 games this season.
They each rank among the top-10 in C-USA individual categories. Chapman is sixth in scoring (19.4 ppg), sixth in rebounding (9.1 rpg), seventh in minutes played (35.2) and 10th in field goal percentage (.492). Grimes is eighth in steals (2.0) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.369). Black is first in free throw percentage (.881), third in 3-point field goals made (2.2 pg), fifth in minutes played (36.8) and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.385).
Send Her To the Line
Sophomore Chelsee Black currently leads the conference and ranks 21st in the nation in free throw percentage with 88.1 percent form the charity stripe. On the season, Black has connected on 59 free throws in 67 attempts. She was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line against Florida Atlantic.
UAB ranks second among C-USA schools in blocked shots per game (4.8) behind East Carolina, who leads with an average of 5.3 blocks. 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.
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 (257) and jumped up to fourth in blocked shots (84). As a junior, she became the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, and has since added to her total. With 1,438 points, she has moved into 15th all-time and needs just 13 points to move into 13th and 19 points to move into 12th.
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