March 13, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Playing as the fourth seed in the 2013 Conference USA Tournament, UAB's women's basketball team opens up in the quarterfinal round against fifth-seeded UTEP on Thursday.
The Miners ran past the No. 12 seed Marshall, 70-59, in a first round game on Wednesday setting up a rematch of a Jan. 20 game in El Paso, Texas - a contest the Blazers won, 61-57.
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No. 4 UAB (18-11, 9-7 C-USA) vs. No. 5 UTEP (20-9, 8-8 C-USA)
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - Tulsa Convention Center
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Series Tied, 5-5
>> The two teams have battled back and forth in the all-time series, with UAB taking a 61-57 win on Jan. 20 in the only meeting this season.
>> UTEP won two over the Blazers in 2012, including a 60-49 win in the semifinals of the 2012 Conference USA Tournament.
>> The Miners are the defending Conference USA Champions and come into Thursday's contest on a two-game winning streak.
>> UTEP is led by Anete Steinberga and Kayla Thornton, who each average 15.3 points per game. In league play, Steinberga is scoring 17.1 ppg.
>> Thornton, Steinberga, Kelli Willingham and Chrisshauna Parker have started all 29 games for the Miners.
Blazers Make 17th Appearance
>> UAB makes its 17th appearance in the Conference USA Tournament when it travels to Tulsa, Okla., on March 13-16. The Blazers hold an all-time record of 11-16 in the annual event, which dates back to 1995-96.
>> In UAB's last trip to Tulsa for the C-USA tourney, the Blazers made it all the way to the championship game, falling to Tulane, 62-54, in 2010.
Winning With Defense
>> UAB finished the regular season as the top defensive team for the third year in a row. The Blazers have held opponents to 54.7 points per game. UAB is 8-0 when holding opponents to below 50 points this season.
Chapman Has Hot Hand
>> Junior forward Karisma Chapman has been on fire as of late, going over the 20-point total in three-straight games to end the regular season. Chapman scored 20 against UCF in the final game to give her 1,008 career points -- one of 26 Blazers all-time to go over 1,000 points in a career.
>> Senior Amber Jones, along with juniors Ashley Grimes and Karisma Chapman were named Second-Team All-Conference USA performers at the conclusion of the regular season. Chapman was also named to the league's All-Defensive Team.
Blazers Close With Two-Straight
>> UAB closed the regular season winners of two-straight on its way to garnering the fourth-seed and a first round-bye in the C-USA Tournament. It marks the second-straight season and the fourth time under head coach Audra Smith that the Blazers have received a first-round bye.
>> UAB, which boasts the league's top scoring defense (54.7 ppg), held its last six opponents to under 60 points to end the regular season. The Blazers allowed Marshall to score just 43 points on Feb. 17, while Tulsa scored just 45 on March 3.
Chapman Joins Jones
>> Karisma Chapman and Amber Jones are two of just 26 Blazers all-time to score 1,000 points in a career. Jones is 10th all-time in scoring with 1,488 points, while Chapman scored +20 in three-straight games to end the regular season with 1,008 career points.