Women drop second straight at home

By on February 5, 2013
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Audra Smith tried to rally her troops to help them mount a comeback that fell just short, as the Blazers lose a heartbreak. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

Audra Smith tried to rally her troops to help them mount a comeback that fell just short, as the Blazers lose a heartbreak. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

This week the Blazer ladies were fired up to go up head-to-head against Southern Miss. Instead they learned that in a game as close as Thursdays, it really is the little points that matter.

It was another chance at a win for UAB, with Southern Miss at a 11-8 record, but the 13-5 Blazers slipped up only a few minor times, which allowed the Golden Eagles to walk away with a nearly tied victory.

Senior Kensie Weynand led the Green and Gold with 17 points up on the board for the night. Weynand took the first chance the Blazers had to lead the match. With a little over four minutes remaining on the clock, Weynard rocketed a three-pointer and knocked the score up to a close 48-46.

From then until the end, the fast-paced heat picked up and reached a neck-in-neck 54-51 for a Golden Eagle win.

USM was able to capitalize on four straight baskets before turning it over to Weyland who, with a mere 36 seconds ticking away, threw up a shot and landed the Blazers just points behind their rivals.

Another senior, Amber Jones took a foul for the team, which allowed for the Blazers to catch up with a 52-51 score, still in the Eagles favor.

Amber Jones has helped lead the Blazers to a 13-6 record this season. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

Amber Jones has helped lead the Blazers to a 13-6 record this season. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

The Golden Eagles soared over with double basket free throws to seal in their win.

The loss may have hit hard on the Blazers, but the Blazers hit hard back.

Along with Weynand’s 17 point take away, UAB was able to rough out at least 22 turnovers from the Eagles, which is where the Blazers took a huge 34 points for the game.

The loss barely tarnished the women’s C-USA record, with a 4-2 average for the Conference. Yet still, the ladies hold an impressive 13-6 overall record for the season thus far, proving that just one little, close-call loss won’t do much to ruin the Blazer morale.

After Sunday reaches its end, the ladies will have to throw down once more against Rice, as they travel to Houston Texas to defend their record. Then the week begins again with another Texas game on Thursday against SMU, before finally finishing off the week at home, face-to-face with East Carolina.

The team only has nine regular season games to prove themselves. Can they make it to the top? We’ll see in the upcoming weeks. Go Ladies!

They will take on SMU next in Texas as they will try take down the top team in the conference. UAB will travel back to Bartow on Sunday to take on ECU.

You can also bet UAB will looking forward to when they take on Memphis on February 14 and Southern Miss on February 24 as they will try to avenge their two conference losses.

David McCaw
Staff Writer
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