Women's Basketball Set For Thanksgiving Classic

Coach Audra Smith has her team off to its best start since the 2001-02 season.

Nov. 22, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Off to its best start since the 2001-02 season, the UAB women’s basketball team returns to the court Friday and Saturday to participate in the Thanksgiving Classic on the Samford campus.

UAB kicks off the event on Friday at 2 p.m. CT against Tennessee State before clashing with Alabama State on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.

Head coach Audra Smith’s team is 4-1 on the year – the fastest start for the Blazers since coach Jeannie Milling’s team won four of its first five to begin the 2001-02 season.

The Blazers are led by senior guard Amber Jones and junior forward Karisma Chapman, who each average double-figuring scoring totals for the year. Jones paces UAB with 15.6 points per game, while Chapman averages 12 points per contest.

UAB enters the weekend after defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 71-25, on Monday night. The 25 points scored by the Lions was the lowest total against a Blazer defense since UAB held South Alabama to 31  points in 1996.

Fans can follow the action on live stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/samford/wbball/scoreboard.aspx

Those interested can also listen to Reid Adair and Laura Waldrop call the action on uabsports.com.

Following this weekend’s Thanksgiving Classic, UAB travels to High Point, N.C., to take on High Point on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT.