Dec. 21, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team looks to return to its winning ways on Saturday as the squad hosts UT Martin at Bartow Arena. Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.
The Blazers, who are 7-3 this season, have lost two-straight on the year after a five-game winning streak from Nov. 17 to Nov. 27. UT Martin enters the contest with a 5-8 record after a 23-9 campaign a season ago.
Following Saturday’s game, UAB stays at home to face UNC Greensboro on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. CT
UAB vs. UT Martin
Dec. 22, 2012 – 2 p.m. CT
Bartow Arena – Birmingham, Ala.
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UAB leads 4-1
• UAB and UT Martin meet for the sixth time Saturday afternoon at Bartow Arena. The Blazers hold a 4-1 all-time advantage in the series that dates back to 1983. UAB’s only loss against the Skyhawks came on Jan. 28, 1984 in a tight 86-85 defeat.
Blazers on Two-Game Skid
• After jumping out to a 7-1 start to begin the year (best since 1994-95), UAB has lost two-straight by a combined 10 points. In those two games, the Blazers have been held below 60 points and have held leads of nine against George Mason and 13 against Morehead State.
It’s a Steal
UAB Strong on Defense
• UAB came into this week ranked No. 6 overall in NCAA Division I women’s basketball with a 14.6 steals per game average. Chapman leads the Blazers with 3.3 steals per game. UAB is now averaging 13.8 per game.
• In what has become the norm for UAB women’s basketball, the Blazers are once again one of the top teams in the conference on defense. The Green and Gold are holding opponents to 51.7 points per game (2nd best in C-USA) just behind league leader East Carolina, who is holding its opponents to 51.3 points per outing.
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).
Hold The Line
• The Blazers are tops in Conference USA as far as free-throw shooting goes. UAB has hit 69 percent as a team this season, making 145 of 210. UAB’s 29 free-throws made and 93.5 percent clip against Tennessee State are both conference highs this season. Junior Karisma Chapman was the catalyst against TSU, with a UAB record 15-for-15 clip from the line in that contest.
Newcomers Stepping Up
• UAB has eight newcomers on this year’s team and they have proved pivotal so far in 2012. Freshsmen Essence Baucom, Chelsee Black and Dy’Man Webb have each seen playing time all 10 of the Blazers’ games. Meanwhile, newcomer and junior guard/forward Ashley Grimes has scored in double figures in four of the five games she has started for the Blazers.
Jones, Chapman in Double Figures
• Senior guard Amber Jones and junior forward Karisma Chapman are the lone Blazers averaging double-figures in scoring this season. Jones paces the Blazers with a 14.3 points per game average, while Chapman boasts 13.5 points per outing.
Grimes Shines in Starts
• In her first season as a Blazer, junior forward Ashley Grimes has found herself in the starting lineup for the last five games. The Selma, Ala., native has scored in double figures in four of those games, including 18 second-half points against George Mason on Dec. 2.
Black a Solid Freshman
• Freshman Chelsee Black has yet to draw a start this season, but has seen playing time in all 10 games. She has made a valuable contribution with three double-figure scoring efforts, including a season-high 14 against George Mason (Dec. 2). She has also been stellar at the free-throw line, making 20-of-25 (.800).