Blazers Face Auburn In WNIT Opening Round

UABSPORTS.COM Junior Karisma Chapman has the hot hand as of late with four-straight 20-plus point efforts.
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Junior Karisma Chapman has the hot hand as of late with four-straight 20-plus point efforts.
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March 19, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team opens the WNIT on Wednesday, traveling to Auburn to face the Tigers from the Southeastern Conference at 6 p.m. CT.

The game will be carried on a live audio feed for FREE at UABSports.com. Reid Adair will handle play-by-play duties with Laura Waldrop serving as color analyst.

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Game Information
UAB (18-12, 9-8 Conference USA) at Auburn (16-14, 5-11 SEC)
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Auburn Arena – 6 p.m. CT 

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Series Information
Auburn leads, 26-4
>>  Wednesday’s meeting will be the 31st contest all-time between UAB and Auburn. The Tigers own a 26-4 series advantage and have won 15 straight in the series that dates back to 1978. The Tigers took a 74-60 win over the Blazers in UAB’s last WNIT run in 2007. 

Scouting Auburn
>> The Tigers come into Wednesday after falling to LSU, 65-62, in the SEC Tournament on March 7. Under first-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, Auburn compiled a 16-14 overall record and won three of its final five games on the year. 

>> Hasina Muhammad leads the Tigers in scoring with 14.3 points per game, while teammate Tyrese Tanner averages 12.9 ppg. As a team, Auburn scores 65.6 points per game and hold the opposition to 61.3 points per outing.

>> The Tigers are 12-3 inside Auburn Arena this season compared to a 2-9 mark on the road.  

UAB Notes
UAB In WNIT For Third Time
>> The Blazers make their third appearance in the WNIT and their first trip to postseason play since 2011. In UAB’s last trip to the WNIT in 2007, the Blazers fell at Auburn, 74-60. 

Blazers In The Postseason
>> UAB makes its eighth postseason appearance all-time and third under head coach Audra Smith. The Blazers most recently won the 2011 WBI Championship and made it as far as the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2000. UAB is 3-2 all-time in WNIT games, advancing to the Elite 8 in 2001. 

Winning With Defense
>> UAB finished the regular season as the top defensive team in Conference USA for the third year in a row. The Blazers have held opponents to 54.7 points per game and are 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 four-straight games. Chapman scored 20 against UCF in the final game and now has 1,031 career points -- one of 26 Blazers all-time to go over 1,000 points in a career. 

Blazers Stellar Under Smith
>> UAB’s only loss in postseason play under head coach Audra Smith came in that 74-60 defeat to Auburn in 2007. The Blazers are 5-1 in postseason play under Smith and claimed the 2011 WBI Championship. 

UAB Success In Postseason
>> UAB makes its eighth postseason appearance in 2013. The Blazers are 11-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, WNIT or National Women’s Invitation Tournament. UAB’s strongest run came in 2000, when the squad made it all the way to the NCAA Sweet 16, eventually falling to Rutgers, 60-45, on March 25, 2000.  

Postseason Awards
>> 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. 

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 1,495 points, while Chapman  has scored +20 in four-straight games to end the regular season and C-USA Tourney with 1,031 career points. 

Unusual 1,500
>> Not only is Amber Jones one of only 26 Blazers to score 1,000 career points, but she also is in reach of the 1,500 point total. With 1,495 career points, Jones needs just five points to become one of only 10 Blazers to reach the 1, 500-point plateau.

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 12 losses the Blazers have dropped those contests by an average of 6.2 points. Six of the 12 losses have been by five points or less. Overall, UAB has played in 11 games decided by five points or less.