Women's Basketball Hosts George Mason Saturday

Senior Ashley Grimes led the Blazers with 21 points in the win over High Point Tuesday.

Dec. 20, 2013

UAB (7-4) vs. George Mason (5-5)
Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. CT
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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.

Blazer Bits

  • Today’s meeting between UAB and George Mason will be just the third time the two have met. The teams are tied with a win apiece in the series. George Mason took the win most recenting, defeating the Blazers 58-55 on Dec. 2, 2012. It will be the first time the two teams have played in Bartow Arena.
  • UAB is on a four-game home stand. The Blazers have been playing especially well at home, coming into the game 4-0 in Bartow so far this season.
  • Most recently, UAB defeated High Point, 58-43. The Blazers used solid defense to hold the Panthers to their lowest score off the season, and 30 points below their average. Senior Ashley Grimes continued her strong play, putting up 21 points and coming away with a career-high six steals.
  • Both teams enter the game with a trio of players averaging double figures. Karisma Chapman (17.2 ppg), Ashley Grimes (16.0 ppg) and Chelsee Black (13.5 ppg) lead the way for the Blazers, while Taylor Brown (17.8 ppg), Janaa Pickard (14.7 ppg) and Sandra Ngoie (12.9 ppg) are each averaging double-figures.
  • UAB has been dominant defensively this season. The Blazers rank in the top two of Conference USA in five defensive categories, including leading the conference in blocked shots (4.64 per game) and defensive rebounds (29.1 per game).



UAB Notes
Grimes’ Scoring Spree
Senior Ashley Grimes has been on a scoring spree over the last two games for UAB. She led the team with a career-high 36 points against Memphis, shooting 6-of-8 from behind the arc. Her 3-point percentage (.750) is the second-best in Conference USA this season. Grimes then put up 21 points, including 16 in the second half, in the win over High Point.

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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