Women's Basketball Eyes Sixth-Straight Win

Freshman Essence Baucom has drawn three starts this season at the point guard position.

Nov. 30, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – In search of its sixth-straight victory on the season, the UAB women’s basketball team is set for a Sunday afternoon game against George Mason. Opening tip at the Patriot Center is slated for 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET.

The Blazers are off to one of their strongest starts in school history with a 7-1 record on the year. UAB’s only loss came against Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt on Nov. 15.

Coach Audra Smith’s team will face a George Mason squad that is 3-2 overall and unbeaten on its home court this season. The Patriots are coming off a 76-70 win against Drake on Nov. 24.

Game Information
UAB at George Mason
1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
Patriot Center - Fairfax, Va.

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Fans can follow an audio broadcast of the action on www.uabsports.com with Reid Adair and Laura Waldrop calling the game. Those interested can also follow along on Twitter (@UAB_WBB or @UABathletics).


Series Information
UAB leads, 1-0
• The Blazers won the only meeting between the two schools, 69-46, on Nov. 27, 1999. UAB shot 54.9 percent from the field and outrebounded GMU, 43-21, in that game played at the Patriot Center.

UAB Notes

Best Start Since 1994-95
• The Blazers are off to their best start since the 1994-95 season. UAB is 7-1 on the year, while the 1994-95 squad went 8-1 to begin the season. That team went on to finish 19-9 overall. 

Blazers Take Down No. 2 in Big South
• UAB defeated last season’s Big South Conference runner-up High Point, 58-53, on Tuesday night. The Blazers forced a season-high 26 turovers against the Panthers and won despite being outrebounded, 47-34.

Chapman Named Player of the Week
• Junior forward Karisma Chapman won Conference USA Player of the Week honors following last week’s performances against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Tennessee State and Alabama State. Chapman had three-straight double-figure scoring efforts and went 15-for-15 from the free-throw line against Tennessee State (Nov. 23).



Clutch at the Free-Throw Line
• Chapman’s 15-for-15 performance from the free-throw line against Tennessee State was the second-best total at the charity stripe in NCAA Division I women’s baksetball this season. Jaime Printy from Iowa hit 17-for-17 against West Virginia on Nov. 25.

Jones, Chapman Scoring Threat
• Chapman, along with senior guard Amber Jones, have led the UAB scoring effort this season. Each has scored in double figures in seven of their team’s eight games on the year.

Stellar Defense
• In keeping with last year’s record-breaking performance, the 2012-13 edition of the Blazer defense is holding opponents to a 34.8-percent shooting clip from the field for the season. UAB is second in the C-USA (behind East Carolina) in scoring defense with a 50.2 points per game average.