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Womens Basketball Falls to FIU, 63-52
The Lady Blazers met up with Florida International’s Golden Panthers early Saturday morning, and with the game going back and forth until late in second half, UAB just couldn’t pull it out.
“We just got outplayed today. We knew Coley was going to be a hard guard for us. I thought we did a great job in the first half, but she just went off in the second half and I felt like we let up. We just didn’t play well. I give credit to FIU for getting a big win on the road,” said head coach Randy Norton.
UAB (11-8, 3-3 C-USA) was shooting 35.2% and FIU only at 31.1%, but FIU (9-10, 3-3 C-USA) was able to get out with 24 offensive rebounds of its 52 total rebounds. Whereas the Blazer finished the game with only 37 rebounds.
UAB opened the game rapidly with a nice 4-0 lead thanks to Karisma Chapmans two layups. UAB continued to hold the lead until the 10:49 mark. But FIU snapped into action and tied it up 19-19 with only 5 minutes left in the first half.
The Panthers used this momentum to take the lead 24-19, but UAB came back once again with a quick 10-2 run to give The Blazers the lead exiting the first half.
UAB came out strong in the second half with a 6-2 run, leaving them at 35-30. FIU’s Jerica Coley took the lead however, with 2 threes and a layup back to back, making it 40-37.
FIU hit its stride at the 10-10 mark, with a 10-0 run, leaving UAB not to touch the basket until a layup from Chapman at the 1:49 mark.
And although senior Karisma Chapman recorded her sixth-straight double-double, the Blazers fought hard but couldn’t make up the deficit to take the lead, leaving the game at 63-52.
“The biggest thing is we gave them 24 offensive rebounds, and they 18 points off of those, and that’s the difference in the game. We didn’t shoot the ball well today. Some of our leading scorers didn’t score like they normally do, so between that and giving up 18 points off offensive-rebounds, it’s tough,” Norton said.
UAB will remain at home as it hosts Charlotte on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. CT.