Feb. 27, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team travels to East Carolina on Thursday to take on the Pirates at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.
CBS Sports Network will carry Thursday’s contest between the current No. 2 team in the Conference USA standings (ECU) and No. 4 squad in the league rankings (UAB).
James Bates will handle play-by-play duties, while Julianne Viani will serve as the analyst. To sign up for CBS Sports Network, please contact your local provider.
UAB (16-10, 7-6 C-USA) at East Carolina (19-7, 9-4 C-USA)
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013
Minges Coliseum – 6 p.m. CT
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East Carolina leads, 13-10
>> The Blazers face East Carolina for the second time this season on Thursday. UAB took a 62-58 win on Feb. 10 at Bartow Arena, thanks to a career-high 31 points from junior Ashley Grimes.
>> Even though UAB trails in the all-time series, the Blazers have won three-straight games against East Carolina. The Pirates’ last victory against the Green and Gold came on March 3, 2011 -- a 66-65 triumph in Birmingham.
Scouting East Carolina
>> East Carolina has won three out of four games since losing to UAB on Feb. 10. The Pirates split a pair of road games last week with a loss at Marshall (72-60) and a win at UCF (56-41).
>> ECU has three players in double figures, including a team-high 11.9 points per game from Whitny Edwards.
>> As a team, the Pirates are the top defensive squad in Conference USA, holding opponents to 54.6 ppg. East Carolina scores 64.6 points per contest.
>> The Pirates force the most turnovers in C-USA, forcing 21.6 opponent miscues per contest.
Blazers Down On Thursday
>> UAB is just 1-6 in Thursday games this season, holding a 1-5 record in mid-week league games. On Sunday, the Blazers hold a 7-2 record, including a 6-1 mark in league contests.
UAB Close In Losses
>> The Blazers have lost just one game by a double-figure margin this season, a 69-54 defeat to SEC foe Vanderbilt on Nov. 15. In UAB’s 10 losses, the Blazers have dropped those contests by an average of 6.7 points. Four of the 10 losses have been by five points or less.
Blazers Hit The Road
>> The Blazers own a 4-3 record in away Conference USA contests. UAB defeated Southern Miss, 55-50, on Sunday to snap a three-game road losing skid in league play.
Blazers Eye Better Seeding
>> UAB is currently in a tie for fourth place in the C-USA standings with three games remaining. If the Blazers finish the season tied with Memphis and UTEP, UAB owns a tiebreaker over UTEP but lost two games against the Tigers this season -- giving Memphis the tiebreaker.
UAB Leans On Defense
>> Statistically, UAB is one of the top defensive teams in Conference USA. The Blazers rank second in scoring defense (55.2 ppg), field-goal pct. defense (.355), steals (11.9 spg) and 3-point fg pct. defense (.259).
>> 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 13.9 points per game, while Grimes adds 12.9 ppg and Chapman scores 12.4 ppg.
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 (26), averaging 27.5 minutes per contest.
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 121 games in her career, while Watson has played in 120.
Chapman Approaching 1,000
>> Junior Karisma Chapman now has 946 points in her UAB career and needs just 54 to reach 1,000. She would be the 26th player in Blazer history to net 1,000 points.