Nov. 21, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB women's basketball team has its first road game of the season Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., as the Blazers travel to Monroe, La., to take on Louisiana-Monroe. This will be first meeting between the two schools.
"Going into Louisiana-Monroe is going to be a tough task," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "They are an exceptional team and they are on a mission this season after missing out on the NCAA Tournament last season. They play a lot like us in that they push the ball in transition and get to the offensive glass. They have the majority of their team back and play well at home. We're going to have to be ready and have as much energy and enthusiasm as Louisiana-Monroe has."
Louisiana-Monroe won its season opener, as the Lady Indians defeated Memphis, 80-60, Friday night. Sophomore LaJeanne Howard scored 24 points and Michelle Biley had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. In addition to Howard and Biley, April O'Neal had 12 points, while Melanie Williams contributed 13. The Lady Indians hit 38.2 percent of their shots and forced 29 Memphis turnovers.
After taking a 31-28 lead into the locker room at half, the Blazers went cold in the second half and were defeated by Georgia Tech, 68-55, in the season opener for both teams. The Blazers were hampered by poor shooting in the final 20 minutes of action, hitting only 8-of-35 of their shots (22.9 percent). Junior guard Carmen Guzman led the Blazers with 12 points and five assists in the contest. Junior forward Domaneice Moore recorded a double-double for UAB, tallying 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.
UAB takes the Thanksgiving weekend off, but returns home to host Jackson State on Monday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. Gametracker is available for all home games and can be found by going to the women's basketball schedule online at www.uabsports.com.