Blazers On The Road To Face Lady Techsters

UABSPORTS.COM Senior Karisma Chapman is just 13 points away from moving into 10th at UAB in scoring.
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Senior Karisma Chapman is just 13 points away from moving into 10th at UAB in scoring.
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Feb. 14, 2014

UAB (13-10, 5-5 C-USA) at Louisiana Tech (7-16, 2-8 C-USA)
Saturday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. CT
Ruston, La.
Game Coverage: Live Stats

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team will be back on the road as it takes on Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Feb. 15. The game is slated to begin at 5 p.m. CT in Ruston, La.

Blazer Bits

  • Conference USA: UAB moved up to fifth in the conference standings after a win against UTSA at home on Wednesday. Louisiana Tech currently sits in 15th place after falling to Charlotte Thursday night.
  • Battle on the boards: UAB and Louisiana Tech have both been strong on the defensive boards this season. The Blazers are tied for first in the league with 28.5 defensive rpg, while the Lady Techsters are fourth with 26.9 rpg.
  • 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 for the second consecutive game. She now has 55 blocks on the season, a UAB record.
  • The Blazers have played strong on the road in conference play this season. UAB is 4-1 on the road going into Saturday’s game. 

UAB Notes
Scouting the Lady Techsters
Louisiana Tech will have a quick turnaround after falling to Charlotte, 85-61, on Thursday night. The Lady Techsters have lost their last three games coming into tonight’s matchup. Louisiana Tech has four players averaging double figures, led by Whitney Frazier with 16.0 ppg. Frazier also leads the team in rebounds with 9.8 rpg and has tallied 12 double-doubles this season. 

The Series
It will be the first meeting between UAB and Louisiana Tech as the Lady Techsters were one of eight teams to join Conference USA this season. This will be the eighth game this season that the Blazers have faced an opponent for the first time and the second-straight. UAB is coming off a win over UTSA in their first meeting on Wednessday.


 

 

Chapman Does It All
Senior Karisma Chapman can be found at the top of nearly every statistical category for UAB. Against UTSA, Chapman became just one of four players in the nation to record at least 26 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. She finished the game with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and a career-high eight steals. It was also Chapman’s 12th double-double of the season, which ties for the fifth most among C-USA players.

20-point Performances
UAB is the only team in Conference USA to have three players score 20 or more points in at least three games. Chapman leads the Blazers with 10 games of 20+ points after scoring 27 in the win over UTSA. Fellow senior Ashley Grimes has reached the mark in five games this season and sophomore Chelsee Black has done so in three games.

Efficient Shooting
The Blazers are one of the league’s top teams in field goal percentage this season. The team leads the league in field goal percentage with a .439 average in conference play and ranks second on the season (.428). UAB also ranks first in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting .332 from behind the arc on the season.

Burroughs For Three!
After moving into the starting lineup, junior Miranda Burroughs has been a spark for the Blazer offense. She has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, including a career-high 18 points against UTSA. In that span, Burroughs has connected on at least three 3-pointers and hit a career-high six against UTSA. She finished 6-for-7 for a percentage of .857, which ties for the best by a single player this season.

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 (266) and jumped up to fourth in blocked shots (86). As a junior, she became the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, and has since added to her total. With 1,493 points, she has moved into 11th all-time and needs just 13 points to surpass Amber Jones for 10th.

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