Feb. 25, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team will play the first of two-straight road games at Southern Miss on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The game is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. CT at the Reed Green Coliseum.
The series between UAB and Southern Miss dates back to the 1979 season, when the Blazers topped the Golden Eagles, 83-70, in Bell Gym. The two teams have met 54 times, with Southern Miss holding a 35-19 advantage over UAB. The Blazers and Golden Eagles met twice last season and split the games. Southern Miss won, 54-51, on Jan. 31, 2013 in Bartow Arena, but UAB pulled out the 54-50 win on the road on Feb. 24, 2013.
UAB dished out 20 assists in the win over Tulane. It was the fourth time this season the Blazers have had at least 20 assists and the third time in the last four games. Five different players recorded assists and four different players scored in double figures against the Green Wave. Junior Miranda Burroughs had a career-high seven assists in the game. UAB had a season-high 25 assists earlier this year against UTSA.
Clutch Free Throws
The Blazers shot a season-best 90.5 percent (19-of-21) from the free throw line in the win over Tulane. Three players were perfect from the line. Karisma Chapman finished 7-of-7, Ashley Grimes was 6-of-6 and Chelsee Black 2-of-2. Against Louisiana Tech, UAB converted 25-of-30 free throws (83.3%) to clinch the win over the Lady Techsters. The Blazers opened the second half with a streak of 14-straight from the charity stripe that helped put them in the lead. Grimes netted a perfect 10-of-10 from the line to lead the team.
Multiple 20-point Scorers
For the fifth time this season, UAB had two players score over 20 points in the same game. Chapman and Black both eclipsed the 20-point mark in the win over Tulane. Black led the team with 23 points, 5-of-8 from 3-point range, and Chapman tallied 21 points. It was the second-consecutive game with two 20-point scorers, as Chapman and Grimes had 29 and 21, respectively, against Louisiana Tech.
Chapman Climbing The Ranks
Chapman has certainly left her mark on the UAB women’s basketball program. She is now second in school history in steals (271) and jumped up to fourth in blocked shots (91). As a junior, she became the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, and has since added to her total. With 1,551 points, she has moved into 10th in all-time leading scorers. She needs just 50 points to move into ninth place.
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