UAB Women's Basketball Treks To Memphis Saturday

Sophomore Chelsee Black made 11-of-12 free throws to help lead UAB past Arizona.

Dec. 6, 2013

UAB (6-3) at Memphis (3-5)
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. CT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team will have a short turnaround, with just a day’s rest after Thursday night’s win over Arizona, before taking on Memphis on Dec. 7. 

Tipoff between the Blazers and the Tigers is set for 4 p.m. CT on Saturday. The game will be available to listen to free on

Blazer Bits

  • UAB and Memphis will meet on the court for the 53rd time. Previously conference foes, Memphis holds a 31-21 lead in the series that dates back to 1980. The Blazers and Tigers met twice last season, with Memphis coming away with wins in both games. Last year was Memphis’ last season in Conference USA before moving to the American Athletic Conference.
  • Most recently, UAB defeated Arizona, 63-53, at home. It was the Blazers’ first win over a Pac-12 opponent in school history. Sophomore Dy’man Webb recorded the first double-double of her career after finishing with a career-high 11 rebounds and 10 points.
  • The Blazers have won their last four games, and six of their last seven coming into Saturday’s game with Memphis. The last time UAB won five-straight was from Nov. 17-Nov. 27, 2012.
  • A trio of players are averaging double-figures so far this season, Karisma Chapman (19.0 ppg), Ashley Grimes (13.2 ppg) and Chelsee Black (12.8 ppg).
  • UAB has been dominant defensively this season. The Blazers rank in the top two of Conference USA in seven defensive categories, including leading the league in defensive rebounds with an average of 30.2 per game.



UAB Notes
Defense Ranked Among Top of Conference USA
UAB ranks in the top two in Conference USA in seven defensive categories. The Blazers are leading the conference in defensive rebounds with an average of 30.2 per game. UAB is second in C-USA in scoring defense, rebounding defense, blocked shots, field goal percentage defense, rebounding margin and defensive rebounding percentage. The Blazers are holding opponents to 56.0 ppg on just .350 field goal percentage. They are only allowing opponents to average 33.9 rebounds and average 4.9 blocks per game. The team holds a rebounding margin of +8.2 per game, as 75.3 percent of its rebounds are off the defensive glass.

Shining Like a Dy’man
Sophomore Dy’man Webb has really made an impact since joining the starting lineup for the Blazers in 2013-14. Webb posted a career-high 11 rebounds and added 10 points to help push UAB past Arizona, the first double-double of her career. Webb has tallied eight or more rebounds in four games this season and is averaging 29.8 minutes per game.

Chapman Scores Career-High 37 Points
Karisma Chapman led the Blazers with a career-high 37 points in the win over Sam Houston State. Chapman also recorded her third double-double of the season after grabbing 11 rebounds in the game. She netted a career-high 16 field goals and made five-of-seven free throws to lead the team.

20-Point Performances
Three different players have tallied at least 20 points in a single game this season for UAB. Senior Ashley Grimes opened the season with 26 points against Fairfield in the Emerald Beach Islanders Classic. Sophomore Chelsee Black followed that up with 23 points in the second game of the tournament, when the Blazers took on Western Illinois. Most recently, senior Karisma Chapman scored 37 points to help propel UAB past Sam Houston State.

Blazers Attacking the Boards
The Blazers have been strong on the boards in the 2013-14 season. They have outrebounded their opponents in eight of the nine games so far this season. UAB is averaging 42.1 rebounds per game as a team, while its opponents are averaging 33.9. Four different players are averaging over 5.0 rebounds per game so far this season.

Strong Under the Basket
The team has outscored its opponents in the paint, 242-144, over the last seven games. The Blazers have tallied at least 30 points in the paint in each of those games. UAB has played especially well at home, scoring 40 points in the paint against Lipscomb, tallying 30 in the win over Samford and finishing with 32 points in the paint against Arizona.

Scouting the Tigers
Memphis (3-5) enters Saturday’s game on a four-game losing streak. The Tigers recently fell to Texas, 56-36, in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. Ariel Hearn is leading the team with 17.4 points per game, while also recording 20 steals so far this season. Two players are averaging over seven rebounds a game, Asianna Fuqua-Bey (7.6 rpg) and Pa’Sonna Hope (7.6 rpg).

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