UAB Begins Home Stand With High Point Tuesday

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Kayla Anderson leads C-USA with 2.8 blocks per game.
Sophomore Kayla Anderson leads C-USA with 2.8 blocks per game.

Dec. 16, 2013

UAB (6-4, 0-0 C-USA) vs. High Point (5-4, 1-1 Big South)
Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. CT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team will open a four-game home stand that begins with High Point this Tuesday, Dec. 17. The teams are set to tip off at 7 p.m. CT.

Blazer Bits

  • UAB and High Point will meet on the court for the second time in school history. Their first meeting came just a season ago, when the Blazers topped the Panthers 58-53 on Nov. 27.
  • Most recently, UAB fell to Memphis, 73-72, on the road. Ashley Grimes led the Blazers with a career-high 36 points. Chelsee Black and Karisma Chapman also scored in double figures, putting in 17 and 11 points, respectively.
  • Both teams enter the game with a trio of players averaging double figures. Karisma Chapman (18.2 ppg), Ashley Grimes (15.5 ppg) and Chelsee Black (13.2 ppg) lead the way for the Blazers, while Kaylah Keys (15.3), Tayler Tremblay (13.4) and Stacia Robertson (10.0) are all scoring in double figures for the Panthers.
  • UAB has been dominant defensively this season. The Blazers rank in the top two of Conference USA in six defensive categories, including leading the conference in blocked shots (4.9 per game), defensive rebounds (29.4 per game) and defensive rebound percentage (.737).
  • Sophomore Kayla Anderson is second in Conference USA with an average of 2.8 blocks per game. Anderson has tallied at least three blocks in seven of UAB’s ten games, including a career-high five blocks against Memphis.

UAB Notes
Defense Ranked Among Top of Conference USA
UAB ranks in the top two in Conference USA in six defensive categories. The Blazers are leading the conference in three categories, including blocked shots per game (4.9), defensive rebounds (29.4 per game) and defensive rebounding percentage (.737). UAB is second in the league in scoring defense, holding opponents to 57.7 points per game. It also ranks second in rebounding defense and rebounding margin, allowing opponents to average just 34.7 rebounds per game for a rebounding margin of +6.5.

Chapman and Grimes Score 30
Senior 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, which currently leads the league.

Fellow senior Ashley Grimes also had a career game against Memphis where she put up 36 points in the one-point loss against the Tigers. Grimes finished 6-of-8 from behind the three-point line, leaving her tied for the most three-point field goals among C-USA players. 

Black Leading the Pack
Sophomore Chelsee Black has been outstanding as the starting point guard for UAB in the 2013-14 season. She leads the team in assists with 3.7 per game. She is currently third on the team with 13.2 ppg and is averaging 4.5 rebounds per game. Black is the only sophomore to rank in the C-USA top-10 in minutes played with 36.3 minutes per game (5th) and leads all sophomores in assist/turnover ratio with 1.48.

Anderson on the Attack
Sophomore Kayla Anderson has been strong under the basket, leading UAB in blocks (28) on the season. She tallied a block in the first seven games and had a career-high five blocks against Memphis. She has grabbed at least three blocks in seven of the Blazers’ ten games. Anderson is first in C-USA, averaging 2.8 blocks per game.

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 10 games so far this season. UAB is averaging 41.2 rebounds per game as a team, while its opponents are averaging 34.7. 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 in seven of the first 10 games this season. 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 putting up 32 to top Arizona.

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