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Thanksgiving blowouts extend to the hardwood
The UAB Women’s Basketball team blew past Arkansas-Pine Bluff Monday at 71-25 and turned that victory into a winning weekend as they picked up their fifth and sixth wins of the season against Tennessee State and Alabama State at the Thanksgiving Classic which was held at Samford University.
With this weekend’s performance, the Green and Gold is off to their best start since the 2001-02 seasons where the Blazers began 4-1. This year, the Blazers have already improved on that record and show no signs of slowing down.
Friday afternoon, UAB faced Tennessee State in one of the most intense games of the season so far. Junior Karisma Chapman led her team in all areas with 21 points and 6 rebounds, scoring the majority of her points from the free-throw line.
“Free-throw shooting is one thing that sticks out to me today,” said head Coach Audra Smith. “Tennessee State plays with a lot of intensity, and we did a good job of matching that by converting on our free-throws when they put us in those situations.”
The Blazers were 29 of 31 from the line. Commendations should be given to Amber Jones for putting up an amazing 16 points as well as junior Ashley Grimes who racked up 14 points as UAB built a lead of nearly 20 as Tennessee State scrambled to keep up. While the Tigers attempted an impressive comeback late in the game they were only able to come within 7 points of the Blazer’s lead, falling to a 1-3 start for their season.
Although the Blazers were playing back to back games this weekend, there were no signs of fatigue as they dominated Alabama State Saturday afternoon in a 74-41 victory to close out the Thanksgiving round robin.
What has been most impressive about the Blazers this season is their ability to force turnovers which they did very well against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State and again Saturday against ASU.
Coach Smith said, “We obviously did a lot of good things on the defensive side of the ball today. I was definitely pleased with the intensity we showed, and I think that led to success in both creating turnovers and getting on the offensive boards.”
Chapman performed well once again netting 16 points Saturday afternoon and was aided by freshman Chelsee Black who had her career high of 11 points and seven rebounds. They were followed closely by junior Ashley Grimes who put up back-to-back double digits this weekend scoring 10 points against ASU.
With four straight wins under their belt, the Blazers next travel to High Point, N.C. Tuesday where they will meet High Point College at 7 p.m. CST.