Women's Basketball Hosts C-USA Foe Tulane

UAB junior Ashley Grimes is averaging 24 points per game over the last four contests.

Feb. 20, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's basketball team returns to Bartow Arena for the second-straight game when it welcomes Tulane on Thursday for a 7 p.m. CT tip.

Thursday's meeting features a matchup of Conference USA's No. 1 and No. 3 preseason selections. Tulane (18-6, 7-4 C-USA) was picked at the beginning of the season to finish as league champions, while UAB (15-9, 6-5 C-USA) was tabbed a No. 3 selection in the C-USA preseason poll.

Currently, the Green Wave has won four out of its last six on the season. UAB enters the contest after earning a season sweep over Marshall with a 61-43 win this past Sunday.

Game Information
UAB (15-9, 6-5 C-USA) vs. Tulane (18-6, 7-4 C-USA)
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
Bartow Arena - 7 p.m. CT 

Series Information
Tulane leads, 22-9
>>  UAB and Tulane meet for the first time this season on Thursday. The Green Wave has won four-straight in the series, including last season's 52-41 victory in New Orleans. 

Scouting Tulane
>> Tulane enters Thursday's game following a tough two-overtime loss to Houston on Sunday, falling 71-70 to the Cougars. 

>> The Green Wave has won four out of its last six games on the year with road victories at UCF (57-55) and Houston (74-56) and a home win against UTEP (56-49).

>> Tulane puts up some of the best offensive numbers in Conference USA, averaging 66.8 ppg. The Green Wave is also No. 2 in the league in field-goal percentage (.407).

>> Whitney Bibbins (12.9 ppg) and Danielle Blagg (10.2) lead Tulane in scoring. 

Thursday's Headlines
UAB Looks To Stop Tulane
>> Currently in fourth place in the Conference USA standings, the Blazers face a tough Tulane team on Thursday. UAB has lost four-straight games against the Green Wave, including last season's 52-41 defeat in New Orleans. The Blazers' last win in the series came on Jan. 29, 2009 in a 51-49 victory at Bartow Arena. 

Grimes Leads In C-USA Play
>> Junior Ashley Grimes leads UAB in scoring in Conference USA action. The Selma, Ala., native averages 16.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest. Grimes scored a career-high 31 points in a win against East Carolina on Feb. 10, following a 24-point performance at league-leader SMU on Feb. 7. 

Blazers Tough On Defense
>> UAB is one of the top defensive teams in Conference USA, holding opponents to 55.3 points per contest -- the second-best total in the league. The Blazers are also second in field-goal percentage defense (.355), steals (12.2) and blocked shots (4.0 pg).

UAB Keeps The Ball
>> The Blazers are the top team in Conference USA in turnovers per game. UAB gives the ball up just over 15 times per contest, while it boasts a +5.2 turnover margin -- the best mark in the league.

UAB Notes
Below 50
>> UAB has held seven teams  below 50 points this season, claiming a 7-0 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.

Jones, Chapman and Grimes
>> Amber Jones, Karisma Chapman and Ashley Grimes all average in double figures this season to lead UAB. Jones paces all Blazers with 13.7 points per game, while Grimes adds 13.1 ppg and Chapman scores 12.4 ppg.

Blazers Change Starting Five
>> UAB has changed its starting five in the last four games. Taking the place of usual starter Khalilah Watson has been freshman Essence Baucom. Baucom averages just 11.9 minutes per contest.

Kleist Starts Every Game
>> One consistency in the UAB starting five this season has been senior Michaelea Kleist. The Mason, Ohio native is the only Blazer to start every game (24), averaging 27.2 minutes per contest. 

Newcomers Find Playing Time
>> UAB came into the 2012-13 season with eight newcomers -- the third-highest total in Conference USA. Each has received valuable playing time so far this season with Grimes headlining the class with a 13.1 ppg average. Freshmen Kayla Anderson, Khoria Newman and Essence Baucom have each received time in the starting lineup, while Chelsee Black (22 games) Brittany Winborne (18 games), Dy'man Webb (15 games) and Schenia Battle (8 games) have each seen playing time. 

Blazers Steal
>> UAB is ranked 16th in NCAA women's basketball in steals per game (12.2). Leading the Blazers in that category has been Karisma Chapman, who averages 3.3 per game -- the 15th-best total in the NCAA. 

Jones Closing In On Top 10 Chart
>> With 1,447 points in her career, senior Amber Jones is closing in on UAB's all-time scoring list. Jones needs just 24 points to break into the top-10 chart. 

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 119 games in her career, while Watson has played in 118.

Under 70 The Norm
>> SMU became first opponent to hit the 70-point mark against the Blazers. Previously, SEC foe Vanderbilt tallied the highest-point total against the Blazers this season with 69 on Nov. 15. 

Chapman Approaching 1,000
>> Junior Karisma Chapman now has 922 points in her UAB career and needs just 78 to reach 1,000. She would be the 26th player in Blazer history to net 1,000 points.

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 493 points during her three-year Division I career.