UAB Hosts Rice On Senior Night

UABSPORTS.COM Senior Karisma Chapman has recorded 16 double-doubles this season.
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Senior Karisma Chapman has recorded 16 double-doubles this season.
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March 4, 2014

UAB (15-12, 7-7 C-USA) vs. Rice (12-16, 5-10 C-USA)
Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. CT
Birmingham, Ala. – Bartow Arena
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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.

Blazer Bits

  • Conference USA: UAB sits eighth in the conference standings after falling to Southern Miss and No. 23 Middle Tennessee. Rice is also on a two-game losing skid, and is 12th in the standings.
  • Both UAB and Rice rank in the top four for defensive rebounds per game. The Blazers lead the league with an average of 28.11 defensive boards, while The Owls are fourth with 27.36 per game.
  • UAB and Rice both have players averaging over 20 points on the season. Chapman leads the Blazers with 20.2 ppg, while Jessica Kuster is averaging 20.5 for the Owls.
  • UAB has been solid on defense this season. The team is first in C-USA in defensive rebounds (28.1), second in blocked shots per game (4.6) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (.379).
  • Chapman is second in C-USA in points per game during league play. She is averaging 22.2 ppg in UAB’s 14 conference games and has scored more than 20 points in nine of those games. Chapman is also averaging a double-double in that span with 11.8 rpg.

 

 

UAB Notes
Senior Night
Chapman, a Calumet City, Ill. native, has played all four years at UAB and has amassed numerous records during her career. She became the 26th player in UAB history to reach 1,000 points, and recently moved into 10th with 1,587 points on the all-time scorers list.

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.

Efficient Shooting
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.

The Series
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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