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UAB Womens Basketball Grab a big win against Louisiana Tech, 71-62
It was a great weekend for the Blazers as they took control in a strong second half in Ruston, Louisiana Saturday afternoon and improved to 5-1 in Conference USA play on the road.
“That was just a great team-win in a tough environment,” said head coach Randy Norton. “It really was a total team effort out there today. Everyone worked well together and got involved in the game. They also did a really great job from the free throw line in the second half to.”
Regardless of the outcome, Louisiana Tech (7-17, 2-9 C-USA) were the ones to start the game off fast, taking the ball and running up the score 10-5 within 13:45 in the first half. Their pace slowed however, and within 5 minutes the blazers were able to take the lead at 8:25 with 17-16 with Senior Ashley Grimes scoring 5 straight points. However, with 2 jumpers and a 2 free throws, The Lady techsters were able to take the lead 27-22 with only 1:54 remaining in the first half. But, with a 3 pointer from Grimes and a layup from Brittany Winborne, the Blazers exited the half only behind 2 points.
Senior Karisma Chapman hit her stride in the second half, scoring 25 of her 29 points in the game. With the score going back and forth the teams battled for the lead until the 10:53 mark when Chapman tied the game up 40-40.
At 10:14 seconds Chapman scored a layup off a still from Chelsee Black that would keep the Blazers in the lead for the remainder of the game. The Lady Techsters were able to gather a few point here and there but with some great rebounds and efficient shots at the free throw line Louisiana Tech couldn’t keep up with the intensity that UAB was showing that night.
UAB hit 14-straight free throws to open the second half. Grimes led the team with a perfect 10-for-10 from the line, while Chapman finished 9-for-12 in the game.
Seniors Karisma Chapman and Ashley Grimes both recorded double-doubles that night. Chapman led the Blazers with 29 points and 12 rebounds. It was her 13th double-double of the season and the fourth-straight game that she has scored over 20 points. Grimes finished with 21 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
Whitney Frazier led Louisiana Tech with a double-double, 16 points and 15 rebounds, and JaQuan Jackson added 16 points for the Lady Techsters.
The Blazers will have a break before returning home to host Tulane on Saturday, Feb. 22. The game is slated to tip off at 2 p.m. CT.