UAB Welcomes UTSA In Wednesday Matchup

Sophomore Kayla Anderson set a new UAB single season record for blocks with 51 so far this season.

Feb. 11, 2014

UAB (12-10, 4-5 C-USA) vs. UTSA (11-11, 2-7 C-USA)
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. CT
Bartow Arena
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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. 

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Blazer Bits

  • Conference USA: UAB comes into the game ranked eighth in the conference after splitting two overtime games last week. UTSA enters the game on a five-game losing skid and ranks 15th.
  • Defense will be a factor for both teams in the game. UTSA ranks fourth in scoring defense, holding teams to 63.0 points per game, while UAB ranks fifth allowing just 63.9 ppg.
  • UAB’s defense ranks first in C-USA in defensive rebounds, second in blocked shots and third in field goal percentage defense.
  • Sophomore Kayla Anderson recorded four blocks against East Carolina to give her 51 total on the season, which ranks first all-time at UAB in blocks in a single season.
  • The Blazers are looking for their first C-USA win at home. UAB’s four conference wins have all come on the road.
  • Chelsee Black leads Conference USA in free throw percentage. She is shooting 88.1 percent on the season and 95.0 percent in league play.

UAB Notes
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.



The Series
Wednesday’s game between UAB and UTSA will be the first meeting between the two teams. UTSA is one of eight new teams in Conference USA this season. This will be the seventh team that the Blazers have played for the first time this season. 

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.

Consecutive Double-Doubles
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.

Overtime Win
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.

Block Party
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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