Feb. 11, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team will host UTSA on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the first meeting between the two programs. The Blazers and the Roadrunners are slated to tip off at 7 p.m. CT.
Fans can listen to the game free on UABsports.com.
Scouting the Roadrunners
UTSA (11-11, 2-7 C-USA) has lost its last five games coming into today’s game. The Roadrunners recently fell to Tulane, 68-54. Two players are averaging double figures, Kamra King with 14.2 ppg and Miki Turner adding 10.0 ppg. King also leads the team with 45 steals and Turner has dished out a team-high 63 assists. Mannasha Bell leads the team in rebounds, averaging 5.4 per game.
Back-To-Back Overtime Games
UAB played back-to-back overtime games for the first time since the 2009-10 season. The Blazers defeated Florida Atlantic in overtime on Feb. 5, then fell to East Carolina in overtime on Feb. 8. In the 2009-10 season, UAB played East Carolina and Marshall to overtime but eventually fell in both games.
Anderson Sets Single Season Block Record
Sophomore Kayla Anderson added her name to the UAB record book with 51 total blocks so far in the 2013-14 season. Her four blocks against East Carolina moved her into first place all-time at UAB, surpassing Meagan Brown’s total of 49 set in 2010-11. Anderson has recorded four or more blocks in five games and at least three blocks in 11 games this season. She set a career-high of five blocks against Memphis and then matched that total against Middle Tennessee.
Senior Karisma Chapman’s streak of consecutive double-doubles came to an end at eight. The Calumet City, Ill. native had tallied a double-double in every conference game up until the East Carolina matchup when she fell just shy with 28 points and seven rebounds. Chapman is still averaging a double-double in conference play with 22.2 ppg and 11.3 rpg.
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.
Send Her To the Line
Sophomore Chelsee Black currently leads the conference and is 20th in the nation in free throw percentage with 88.4 percent form the charity stripe. On the season, Black has connected on 61 free throws in 69 attempts. She was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line over the last two games. Her percentage has been even higher in conference play, leading all players with 95.0 percent.
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.
UAB ranks second among C-USA schools in blocked shots per game (5.1) behind East Carolina, who leads with an average of 5.3 blocks. The Blazers put down a season-high 11 blocks as a team against East Carolina. Three players recorded at least three blocks, led by Anderson’s four against the Pirates.
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