Khalilah Watson is one of six UAB seniors who will play their final home regular season game.
March 6, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team returns to Bartow Arena on Thursday in the final regular season home game for six seniors. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
Blazers Stifle UCF In C-USA Opener, 64-46
The UAB women's basketball team held UCF to three made field goals in the first half and limited the Knights to just over 26 percent shooting for the game in a 64-46 Conference USA win on Thursday.
Jasmine Green, Amber Jones, Michaelea Kleist, Nakia McDaniel, Khalilah Watson and Kelsie Weynand will be honored in a ceremony before Thursday’s contest. The 2013 senior class has compiled 73 wins in four seasons and claimed the 2011 WBI Championship.
UAB (17-11, 8-7 C-USA) vs. UCF (13-16, 7-8 C-USA)
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Bartow Arena – 7 p.m. CT
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UAB leads, 13-8
>> UAB and UCF meet for the second time this season on Thursday. The Blazers ran past the Knights, 64-46, in the opening game of the 2013 Conference USA season in Orlando, Fla.
>> The Blazers have won two out of the last three meetings between the two teams, but lost four-straight in the series from 2010-11.
>> The Knights average just 59.8 points per game and have scored under 50 points six times this season. UCF gives up 60.7 points per contest.
>> Coach Joi Williams’ team is second in the league in steals per game (11.8) and forces 21 turnovers per game.
>> Gevenia Carter (14.8 ppg) and Briahanna Jackson (14.7 ppg) lead the Knights in scoring. Each has started 28 games for UCF.
UAB Looks For Bye
>> With a win Thursday, UAB would clinch the fourth-seed and a first-round bye in next week’s Conference USA Tournament. With a loss, the Blazers could fall all the way to the sixth spot.
Chapman 12 From 1,000
>> UAB junior forward Karisma Chapman needs just 12 points to reach 1,000 in her career. She would be one of 26 Blazers all-time to accomplish that feat.
Jones Top-10 In Scoring
>> Following an 11-point performance against East Carolina on Feb. 28, senior Amber Jones has moved into UAB’s top-10 scoring list with 1,478 career points. She is currently 10th on the list, behind Britney Jones’ 1,601 career-point total.
>> UAB is ranked 24th in NCAA women’s basketball in steals per game (11.7). Leading the Blazers in that category has been Karisma Chapman, who averages 3.3 per game -- the 12th-best total in the NCAA.
UAB Changes Starting Five
>> UAB has changed its starting five in the last eight games. Taking the place of usual starter Khalilah Watson have been freshmen Essence Baucom and Chelsee Black. The two combine to average just 14 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 (28), averaging 27.2 minutes per contest.
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 11 losses the Blazers have dropped those contests by an average of 6.2 points. Five of the 11 losses have been by five points or less.