Dec. 20, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team will host George Mason on Saturday, Dec. 21 in Bartow Arena.
Tipoff between the Blazers and the Patriots is set for 2 p.m. CT on Saturday. Fans will be available to listen to free on UABsports.com.
The game has been designated as Kids Day, where any kids 8th grade and under can get in free. Fans will also have the chance to take pictures with Santa and Blaze before the game.
Blazers Attacking the Boards
The Blazers have been strong on the boards in the 2013-14 season. They have outrebounded their opponents in nine of the 11 games so far this season. Three different players have reached over 10 rebounds in a contest. Karisma Chapman has recorded double-digit rebounds three times, sophomore Dy’Man Webb had a career-high 11 against Arizona and sophomore Brittany Winborne recorded 13 against High Point.
Home Court Advantage
UAB is in its second game of a four-game home stand. The Blazers have been playing particularly well at home, currently 4-0 on the season. They have outscored opponents 274-200 when playing in Bartow, including a 33-point victory over cross-town rival Samford.
Defense Ranked Among Top of Conference USA
UAB ranks in the top two in Conference USA in five defensive categories. The Blazers are leading the conference in two of those, with 4.9 blocked shots per game and and an average of 29.1 defensive rebounds per game. UAB is second in the league in scoring defense, holding opponents to 56.4 points per game. It also ranks second in rebounding margin (+6.0) and defensive rebounding percentage (.734).
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 3.5 per game. She is currently third on the team with 13.5 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 36.45 minutes per game and leads all sophomores in assist/turnover ratio with 1.39.
Anderson on the Attack
Sophomore Kayla Anderson has been strong under the basket, leading UAB in blocks (29) on the season. Her average of 2.8 blocks per game leads all Conference USA playeres. 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’ 11 games.
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