March 11, 2014
2014 Conference USA Championship
No. 8 UAB (15-14, 7-9 C-USA) vs. No. 16 Marshall (11-19, 3-13 C-USA)
Wednesday, March 12 at 11 a.m. MT
Memorial Gym - El Paso, Texas
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EL PASO, Texas - The No. 8 seed UAB women's basketball team will open play in the 2014 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship against No. 16 seed Marshall on Wednesday, March 11. The teams are slated to tip off at 11 a.m. MT in Memorial Gym.
The game will be broadcast live on the Conference USA Digital Network. Fans can also listen to the game free on UABsports.com with Reid Adair (play-by-play) and Laura Waldrop (analyst).
- UAB and Marshall will meet for the second time this season. The Blazers earned a first round bye, while Marshall advanced to the second round after a win over Florida Atlantic Tuesday.
- The Blazers hold an 8-17 record in the Conference USA tournament. Last time it was held in El Paso was the 2010-11 season. UAB defeated Marshall in the first round, 56-45, that season.
- UAB had two players selected to the All-Conference USA Team. Karisma Chapman earned first team honors, while Ashley Grimes was named to the second team.
- Senior Karisma Chapman is second in C-USA in points per game during league play. She is averaging 22.6 ppg in UAB's 16 conference games and has scored more than 20 points in 11 of those games. Chapman is also averaging a double-double in that span with 11.1 rpg.
- UAB has four different players that have earned double-doubles this season. Chapman leads the team with 16, while senior Ashley Grimes and sophomore Brittany Winborne both have two.
A Look at the Thundering Herd
(11-19, 3-13 C-USA) is coming off a win against No. 9 seed Florida Atlantic to advance to the second round of the tournament. The Thundering Herd is led by Leah Scott with 11.6 points per game. Suporia Dickens leads the team defensively, averaging 7.1 rebounds per game.
UAB holds an 11-9 advantage in the series against Marshall. The Blazers have won the last three meetings, including the 63-57 win this season. UAB scored 41 points on 57.7 percent shooting in the second half to overcome an 11-point deficit and take the win. Chapman led the team with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the game.
Chapman and Grimes Named All-C-USA Honors
Chapman is the first UAB women's basketball player to be named to the first team since Diamond Rogers in the 2007-08 season and the fifth in school history. The Calumet City, Ill. native leads the Blazers with 20.6 points per game, which ranks fourth in C-USA. She also leads the team in rebounds (9.5) and field goal percentage (.485).
Grimes was named to the all-conference second team for the second consecutive year. The 5-foot-9 guard is averaging 14.1 points per game, and leads UAB in assists (95) and steals (55) this season. Grimes reached double figures in 21 games this season, including a career-high 36 points against Memphis.
Strong in the Paint
UAB has won the battle in the paint in its last three games. The Blazers have outscored their opponents, 74-50, in under the basket in the past two games. Against Charlotte, UAB finished with 46 of its 60 points in the paint while holding the 49ers to just 26 points. Sophomore forward Brittany Winborne had a career-high 17 points.
UAB ranks in the top three in Conference USA in both field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage. The Blazers are shooting 42 percent from the field, which ranks third, and 33.9 percent from behind the arc to rank second. Five different players are shooting over 40 percent on the season and three are better than 35 percent from 3-point range.
Send Her To the Line
Sophomore Chelsee Black currently leads the conference and is 15th in the nation in free throw percentage with 87.5 percent form the charity stripe. On the season, Black has connected on 70 free throws in 80 attempts. Her percentage has been even higher in conference play, leading with 90.2 percent.
UAB is the only team in Conference USA to have three players score 20 or more points in at least four games. Chapman leads the Blazers with 12 games of 20+ points after scoring 21 in the win over Tulane. Fellow senior Ashley Grimes has reached the mark in six games this season, most recently with 21 against Louisiana Tech, and sophomore Chelsee Black has done so in four games.
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