UAB senior Michaelea Kleist needs just 13 points to have 500 in her career.
Feb. 13, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's basketball team hits the road hoping for its second-straight Conference USA win when the squad sets out for Memphis on Thursday. Opening tip at UM's Elma Roane Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. CT.
Memphis Outlasts UAB In Defensive Battle, 63-55
The UAB women's basketball team built a 32-26 halftime advantage before Memphis stormed back in the second half for a 63-55 win Thursday evening at Bartow Arena.
The Blazers look to avenge an earlier loss to the Tigers that came on Jan. 24 at Bartow Arena. In UAB's first C-USA defeat, Memphis stormed back after trailing, 32-26, at the half for an eventual 63-55 win.
Since that contest, the Tigers are just 1-3 with two losses to UCF and one on the road at Marshall. Currently, Memphis is on a two-game losing streak.
UAB (14-8, 5-4 C-USA) at Memphis (13-10, 4-5 C-USA)
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013
Elma Roane Fieldhouse - 7 p.m. CT
Memphis leads, 30-21
>> The Tigers gave UAB its first Conference USA loss of 2013 with a 63-55 win on Jan. 24 at Bartow Arena. UM's Nicole Dickson scored 19 points in the game to lead her team, while Memphis hit 18-of-21 (85.7 percent) at the line and forced 20 Blazer turnovers.
>> Memphis enters Thursday's contest having lost two-straight games. The Tigers' last two opponents (UCF and Marshall) are a combined 4-14 in Conference USA play.
>> One of the top scoring teams in Conference USA, Memphis averages 69.7 points per game -- the second-best total in the league.
UAB Looks For Late Run
>> UAB is currently in third place in the Conference USA standings with seven games to go. Four games back of league leader SMU, the Blazers play four of the next six contests at Bartow Arena. The Blazers also play three teams (Marshall, East Carolina and UCF) they have already beaten this season.
Blazers Stop Season-Long Skid
>> The Green and Gold stopped its longest losing skid of the 2013 season with a win against East Carolina on Sunday, halting a three-game winless streak. The Blazers ousted the Pirates, 62-58, after losing three-straight games by an average of four points.
Grimes Named C-USA POW
>> Junior Ashley Grimes heated up late in the first half against East Carolina on Sunday and never cooled down on her way to 31 points and a Conference USA Player of the Week honor. The Selma, Ala., native scored half of UAB's points in the win against ECU and is averaging 27.5 points per game in her last two contests.
Grimes On Fire
>> Junior Ashley Grimes is averaging 25 points per game over the last three contests. She has also tallied two-straight career highs with 24 against SMU on Feb. 7 and 31 against East Carolina on Feb. 10. Grimes has now scored in double figures in 13 of her 17 starts this season.
More On Grimes
>> Ashley Grimes (31 points) became the first Blazer since Jala Harris to score more than 30 points in a single game. Harris tallied 40 in a double-overtime contest at Marshall on Jan. 30, 2010.
Jones, Chapman Point Production
>> Senior Amber Jones and junior Karisma Chapman join Grimes as the team's leading scorers. In fact, Jones leads the Blazers with 14.5 points per game, while Chapman is averaging 12.5 ppg.
Blazers Change Starting Five
>> UAB has changed its starting five in the last two games, inserting freshman guard Essence Baucom into the lineup in the place of senior Khalilah Watson. In 13 of UAB's 22 games, the Blazers have started Amber Jones (G), Khalilah Watson (G), Karisma Chapman (F), Ashley Grimes (F) and Michaelea Kleist (F).
UAB Leans On Defense
>> Statistically, UAB is one of the top defensive teams in Conference USA. The Blazers rank second in scoring defense (55.5 ppg), field-goal pct. defense (.352) and steals (12.4 spg). UAB is also fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.266).
>> UAB has held six teams to below 50 points this season, claiming a 6-0 record in those contests. The Blazers set a UAB single-game record low by holding Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 25 total points on Nov. 19.
>> 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 +5.3 advantage.
Chapman Approaching 1,000
>> Junior Karisma Chapman now has 910 points in her UAB career and needs just 90 to reach 1,000. She would be the 26th player in Blazer history to net 1,000 points.
Jones, Watson Games Played
>> Amber Jones and Khalilah Watson have moved into the top-10 in UAB history in games played. Jones has seen action in 117 games in her career, while Watson has played in 116.
Anderson Crashes The Boards
>> Freshman Kayla Anderson recorded a game-high 11 rebounds against Southern Miss on Jan. 31 -- a season-high for her and the second most by a Blazer in a single game this season.
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 487 points during her three-year Division I career.