Nov. 20, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team remains on the road this Thursday, Nov. 21, for a matchup with Chattanooga that is set to tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET.
UAB (2-2) enters Thursday’s game after winning its last two games, while Chattanooga (2-1) is coming off of a win over Belmont last Sunday. Most recently, the Blazers topped Richmond, 53-49, on the road. Senior Ashley Grimes hit a layup with 15 seconds remaining to give UAB the lead and eventually the win.
It will be the 34th meeting all-time between the two teams. Chattanooga holds a 19-14 advantage in the series and has won the last seven meetings. Chattanooga currently has a 28-game home winning streak, dating back to the 2011-12 season-opening win over UAB.
- Both teams are led by first-year head coaches. The Blazers are led by head coach Randy Norton and the Mocs by head coach Jim Foster.
- Most recently, UAB defeated Richmond, 53-49, on the road. The Blazers had three different players score in double-digits in the win. The lead changed 22 times, and the Blazers scored six-straight points in the last three minutes to beat the Spiders.
- A trio of players are averaging double-figures so far this season, Karisma Chapman (16.0 ppg), Chelsee Black (14.5 ppg) and Ashley Grimes (13.5 ppg). UAB is one of just five Conference USA schools to have three players averaging double-figures. The others include Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Tulane.
- Chapman and Black have each tallied double-figures in all four of UAB’s games so far this season.
- Sophomore Kayla Anderson leads the Blazers with 6.3 rpg and 11 blocks. She has recorded a block in all four games thus far. She has knocked down at least three in three of the four games.
Blazers Attacking the Boards
The Blazers have been strong on the boards in their first four games of the season. They have out-rebounded their opponents in each of the four games. UAB is averaging 41.2 rebounds per game as a team, while the opponents are averaging 36.2. Five different players have over 20 rebounds so far this season. The team has also out-scored its opponents in the paint, 70-38, over the last two games.
Sophomores Stepping Up
UAB will rely on a strong sophomore class in 2013-14 with six sophomores returning. Chelsee Black, a Bessemer native, is second on the team with 14.5 points per game and has scored in double-figures in each of the first four games. The duo of Kayla Anderson and Dy’Man Webb are leading the team off the glass. Both are averaging 6.3 rebounds per game. Anderson also leads the team with 11 blocks so far on the season.
Chapman Does it All
Senior Karisma Chapman can be found at the top of nearly every statistical category for the Blazers. Chapman leads the team in points per game, averaging 16.0 in four games this season. She is currently second on the team in steals (6), blocks (4) and assists (10). So far this season she is shooting .448 from the field and has scored in double figures in all four games.
Black Leading the Pack
Sophomore Chelsee Black has been outstanding as the starting point guard in UAB’s first four games of the 2013-14 season. She is currently second on the team with 14.5 ppg and is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game. Black scored a career-high 23 points and led the team with five assists against Western Illinois. She has hit double-digits in all four games of the season so far.
Anderson on the Attack
Sophomore Kayla Anderson has been strong under the basket, leading UAB in rebounds (6.3 rpg) and blocks (11) on the season. She has tallied a block in four-straight games and had a career-high four in the win over Lipscomb. In the last three games, she has grabbed at least three blocks.
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