Oct. 7, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Karisma Chapman has been named to the 2013-14 preseason All-Conference USA Team, the league announced on Monday. Chapman, a second-team All-C-USA selection in 2012-13, was one of eight players selected to the all-conference preseason team.
A native of Calumet City, Ill., Chapman returns as UAB’s leading scorer from a season ago. She averaged13.5 points per game and closed out the 2012-13 season scoring 20 or more points in four of the last five games. Chapman scored in double figures 23 times and had four double-figure rebounding efforts.
“Karisma is very deserving on being selected to the preseason All-C-USA team,” said head coach Randy Norton. “She has had an outstanding offseason and continues to improve her game everyday. She has second to none work ethic and is a great teammate.”
The preseason C-USA Player of the Year selection was newcomer FIU’s Jerrica Coley. Coley was the NCAA leading-scorer last season, averaging 26.3 points per game. She is a two-time Sun Belt Player of the Year. She is one of three players from new league members to be named to the 2013-14 C-USA preseason team.
In the preseason poll, UAB was picked to finish eighth out of 16 teams. The Blazers received 129 points, coming in behind East Carolina in seventh with 155 points. Newcomer Middle Tennessee was selected to finish in the No. 1 spot, bringing in a league-high eight first place votes.
UAB enters the 2013-14 season with eight letterwinners returning from the 2012-13 team. Joining Chapman are senior Ashley Grimes and sophomores Kayla Anderson, Schenia Battle, Chelsee Black, Khoria Newman, Dy’man Webb and Brittany Winborne. Grimes added 11.9 points per game last season and will be a key leader, along with Chapman for this young group.
The Blazers will be led by first-year head coach Randy Norton. He and the team will host exhibition games against Georgia Southwestern (Oct. 28) and West Florida (Nov. 2). Then, the team will tip-off the 2013-14 season at the Emerald Beach Islanders Classic against Fairfield on Friday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. CT.