Dec. 29, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's basketball team will host Vanderbilt in the third game of its four-game home stand on Monday night. The Blazers and the Commodores are set to tip off at 7 p.m. CT in Bartow Arena.
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Grimes' Scoring Spree
Senior Ashley Grimes has been on a scoring spree over the last three games for UAB, scoring over 20 points in each of those games. 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 and then finished with 25 to push the Blazers past George Mason.
Blazers' Stifling Defense
UAB has been dominant on defense this season. They currently lead Conference USA in scoring defense (57.0), blocked shots per game (4.83) and defensive rebounds (29.33 per game). The Blazers have outrebounded their opponents in 10 of the 12 games and are bringing down an average of 41.6 rebounds per game.
Home Court Advantage
UAB is in its third game of a four-game home stand. The Blazers have been playing particularly well at home, currently 5-0 on the season. During that stretch they have defeated Lipscomb, Samford, Arizona, High Point and George Mason. UAB is averaging 68.2 points per game at home, while holding its opponents to an average of 52.8 ppg. The Blazers have held their opponents to under 60 points in four of the five games.
Blazers Attacking the Boards
The Blazers have been strong on the boards in the 2013-14 season. They have outrebounded their opponents in 10 of the 12 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.
Scouting the Commodores
Vanderbilt (10-2) is entering today's game on a seven-game winning streak. The Commodores have one of the top scoring teams in the country, averaging 87.1 points per game, with Christina Foggie leading the way with 18.0 ppg. Vanderbilt will look to close out December undefeated for the second-straight season. The team is 4-0 in December this year and is 12-0 in December, dating back to 2011.
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