Memphis plagues Bartow Arena

By on January 29, 2013
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Head Coach Audra Smith tried to rally her players before they dropped their first conference game of the year. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer[/caption]A Birmingham classic rivalry is between the Blazers and the Memphis Tigers. The match up has always been something students and fans look forward to every season, and so far the clash has yet to disappoint. This season the teams met once again, and although the UAB ladies fell short on the board, the Blazers are driven to achieve a victory on the next match-up.

Head Coach Audra Smith tried to rally her players before they dropped their first conference game of the year. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

Head Coach Audra Smith tried to rally her players before they dropped their first conference game of the year. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

Bartow Arena hosted the Tigers Thursday night, and the fans packed in to witness the fast-paced game. The game started off in favor of the Blazers, with a four point lead. Memphis soon took over with a 9-8 lead. The two rivals were neck-and-neck the entire quarter before the halftime buzzer sounded.

The Blazers stayed behind after their reappearance on the court, but the Memphis side owned up to a 15 point lead. The game ended at a relatively close score of 63-55.

Every year there is typically a huge buildup of Blazer fans at the Memphis rival game. Sadly, the Blazer fan base witnessed yet another loss. The Blazers are down 5 losses for the season, and just one loss on the C-USA record.

Though the loss may hit hard for the fans, the 12 wins that the ladies have accumulated thus far means that they are not too far behind.

UAB played a hard and heated game. Number 24, Karisma Chapman, gave the team their first double-double of the season. She shot 19 points and 10 rebounds. Moreover, senior Amber Jones contributed double digits to the scoreboard at 12 points.

As always, the team will take their loss as constructive criticism to work on Sunday’s 1PM game against Marshall. Followed by a hometown showdown against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. These are all more opportunities for the Blazers to win!

David McCaw
Staff Writer
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