Jan. 30, 2013
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Looking to go 5-1 in Conference USA play for the first time since the 2007-08 season, the UAB women’s basketball team returns to Bartow Arena on Thursday to face Southern Miss at 7 p.m. CT.
The Blazers come into the contest with a 13-5 overall record and 4-1 mark in league action. USM is 11-8 overall, 3-3 in C-USA.
UAB is led by senior Amber Jones, who tallied 21 points in the Blazers’ 61-45 win at Marshall on Sunday. Meanwhile, junior forward Karisma Chapman has scored in double figures in each of the last three games.
Southern Miss is paced by guard Jamierra Faulkner’s 17.7 points per game on the year. In the Golden Eagles’ last outing at Rice, Faulkner netted a game-high 26 points and dished out a school-record 16 assists.
Following Thursday’s game, UAB heads to Houston, Texas to take on Rice this Sunday at 2 p.m. CT.
UAB (13-5, 4-1 C-USA) vs. Southern Miss (11-8, 3-3 C-USA)
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 – Bartow Arena – 7 p.m. CT
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Southern Miss leads, 34-18
>> UAB and Southern Miss first met on Jan. 6, 1979 in a game the Blazers took, 83-70. That is one of UAB’s 18 wins in a series that the Golden Eagles lead, 34-18.
>> Last season, the two teams split a pair of meetings with each team taking victories on their home courts. The Blazers won the first game of the 2011-12 season, 65-59, at Bartow Arena, before Southern Miss won off two free throws from Ewa Urbanowska in the final seconds, 55-53, in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Scouting Southern Miss
>> At 3-3 in Conference USA action, Southern Miss split a pair of games last week. The Golden Eagles fell at Houston, 81-70, before picking up a win against Rice, 76-57, on Sunday.
>> Southern Miss has three players scoring in double figures, including Jamierra Faulkner, who averages 17.7 ppg.
Looking For 5-1 Start
>> Off to a 4-1 start in Conference USA action, UAB is looking to go 5-1 when it hosts Southern Miss tonight. The last time the Blazers began a season at 5-1 was in 2007-08 when the Green and Gold went on to finish 10-6 overall in C-USA action.
No. 2 In C-USA Standings
>> With still 10 games to go on the conference schedule, UAB currently claims the No. 2 spot in the C-USA standings. SMU, who holds a 5-0 league record, is No. 1, while UTEP joins the Blazers with a 4-1 conference mark.
Dominant Defense, Efficient Offense
>> UAB currently leads Conference USA in most defensive categories, includng scoring defense (52.9 ppg) and 3-point field goal pct. defense (.256). The Blazers are No. 2 in steals (12.4 pg) and in blocked shots (4.2).
>> Offensively, UAB has committed single-digit turnovers in two of its last three games. Against UTEP on Jan. 20, the Green and Gold totaled six miscues before turning it over seven times against Marshall on Jan. 27. Those two games mark the lowest single-game turnover outputs in C-USA this season.
Three Blazers In Double Figures
>> Juniors Karisma Chapman and Ashley Grimes join senior Amber Jones as the three Blazers averaging in double figures this season. Jones leads the team with 13.9 ppg, while Chapman follows with 12.9 ppg and Grimes scores 11.0 ppg.
Blazers Oust Marshall
>> UAB enters Thursday’s game after taking down Marshall, 61-45, on Sunday. The Blazers committed just seven turnovers in the game and outscored the Herd, 32-20, in the second half.
Strong Defense Against C-USA
>> Through five conference games, UAB is holding C-USA opponents to an average of 51.4 ppg. Those teams are also shooting just 31.1 percent against the Blazers.
>> In fact, Marshall, who hit 41.9 percent of its shots, has been the only team to shoot above 40 percent against UAB during the five-game stretch.
Low On Turnovers
>> With UAB’s six turnovers committed against UTEP, the Blazers now account for the top three fewest turnover games in Conference USA history. UAB committed a league record low of five against Tulsa on Feb. 12, 2009 before six miscues against Chattanooga on Nov. 11, 2011. The Blazers are currently second in the C-USA in turnover margin with a +5.5 advantage.
Leading In Losses
>> The Blazers have held leads in every loss this season. Against Vanderbilt, UAB had a one-point advantage (7-6) early in the game, while establishing a nine-point advantage at George Mason (Dec. 2) and a 13-point lead against Morehead State (Dec. 18). UAB held a seven-point cushion on three different occasions in the loss to Chattanooga (Jan. 2). Most recently, UAB was ahead of Memphis at the half, 32-26, on Jan. 24.
Chapman Approaching 1,000
>> Junior Karisma Chapman now has 869 points in her UAB career and needs just 131 to reach 1,000. She would be the 26th player in Blazer history to net 1,000 points.
Grimes The Difference Maker
>> Junior Ashley Grimes has drawn 13 starts on the year, scoring in double figures in 10 of those games. She leads the team in scoring in C-USA play with a 13.8 points per game average.