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Road trip tougher than expected
Looking to make a point in North Carolina the UAB Women’s Basketball team claimed a hard fought victory Tuesday as they bested the Panthers 58-53 in their fifth win in a row.
The Lady Blazers continued their season trend of fighting hard and defending all areas of the court Tuesday. The Blazers forced a season high 26 turnovers, 14 of which came in the first half alone allowing the Blazers to mount an eight point lead.
However, High Point would not go down quietly. In the second half with the score at 36-29, the momentum of the game shifted toward the panthers as they scored eight unanswered points to take the lead. The Blazers and the Panthers battled for the lead back and forth for most of the second half with UAB’s Karisma Chapman and Amber Jones putting up 17 and 16 points respectively.
Head Coach Audra Smith said “Credit High Point for really bringing it to us tonight, this team was the runner up in its conference (Big South) last season and will be a force in that league again this year. To beat them on the road is a good win for our program.”
The Panthers tried one final late game rally but that effort was thwarted as time ran out.
Coming off a win like they did in NC the Blazers walked into the Patriot Center Sunday expecting good luck to find them once again. That was not the case in Fairfax, VA as the Patriots showed up ready to play and wasted no time taking a commanding lead in the first half. UAB’s first half performance was abysmal Sunday as they shot twenty-six percent and the second half was only marginally better at 36 percent.
When all seemed lost the Blazers managed to refresh themselves at half time and came out of the gate on fire racking up 13 points within the first five minutes of the half and at the same time taking the lead for the first time of the game.
Junior forward Ashley Grimes put on an amazing performance netting 18 points in the second half to help her team gain a nine point lead over GMU. Unfortunately that lead would be short lived. The Patriots fired everything they had at the Blazers and in the final moments of the game they were able to squeak by with a three point advantage as the clocks timer reached its end.
While the loss to GMU slowed the Blazers winning streak slightly, the Green and Gold is still having one of its best seasons ever and the general consensus is that things will only get better from here.
The Blazers will have a few weeks off before a four game stretch at Bartow Arena where they will face: Morehead State, December 18 at 7 P.M.; Tennessee-Martin December 22 at 2 P.M.; UNC Greensboro December 30 at 2 P.M.; and Chattanooga January 2, 2013 at 12 P.M.