March 4, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team will host Rice in the first of its final two home games of the regular season. The game will be Senior Night for the Blazers.
Seniors Karisma Chapman and Ashley Grimes will be recognized before the 7 p.m. tipoff. Their families at will join the seniors mid-court before the game. The duo has helped lead UAB to a 15-12 overall record and 7-7 mark in C-USA this season.
Fans can also listen to the game free on UABsports.com.
She also ranks second in career steals for the Blazers with 273 so far and is fourth in school history with 92 blocks in her career. As a senior, Chapman leads the team with 20.2 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game. She has recorded 16 double-doubles this season, which is tied for third-most in C-USA.
Grimes, a junior college transfer from Wallace CC-Selma, has certainly made an impact on the program in two years. She was named second team all-conference last season and is UAB’s second-leading scorer as a senior.
This season, she leads the Blazers in assists and steals with 91 assists and 53 steals. Grimes has also scored in double-figures 35 times in her career and earned the first two double-doubles of her career this season.
UAB ranks second in Conference USA in both field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage. The Blazers are shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from behind the arc. Five different players are shooting over 40 percent on the season and three are better than 35 percent from 3-point range.
A Look At Rice
Rice (12-16, 5-10 C-USA) is also coming off two losses. The Owls most recently fell to North Texas and UTEP. Jessica Kuster leads the team with 20.5 points per game and 13.4 rebounds per game. Kuster also has a team-high 39 blocks and 45 steals so far this season. She leads Conference USA with 24 double-doubles on the year.
UAB and Rice will meet for the 10th time in series history. It is a young series, dating back to the 2005-06 season when the teams met for the first time on Feb. 24, 2006. Rice took the first game, 83-69, in Bartow Arena. The Blazers have a slight advantage in the series, 5-4, and have won two of the three games played in Bartow Arena. Most recently, UAB fell to Rice, 61-53, on Feb. 3, 2013.
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