Women’s Basketball fall to ECU in overtime, 83-73

By on February 9, 2014
Grimes forcing her way through  ECU's defense

UAB women’s Basketball played some of their best basketball, with five players reaching double figures throughout the night, but it just wasn’t enough to pull a in through Saturday against East Carolina. And regardless of fighting hard throughout, the Blazers fell to the Pirates in overtime, 83-73

“As I just told the players in the locker room, I’m really proud of them,” said head coach Randy Norton. “I thought we really fought today. We got down 15 in the first half and our girls would not go away. We just kept fighting, scrapping and clawing and got ourselves back in the game.”

UAB (12-10, 4-5 C-USA) was slammed at the start of the first half, sitting down 15 points with 11:47 remaining in the first half, but came back with a 19-2 run to claim its first lead of the game, 30-29 with 3:31 to go on a three-pointer by sophomore Chelsee Black.

East Carolina (20-3, 8-2 C-USA) responded fast, retook the lead, and pushed it back to seven with 36 seconds remaining in the first half. With only one second remaining in the first half, senior Ashley grimes took a chance and dropped in a three pointer to put the Blazers only 4 points behind at the end of the first half.

Coming out into the second half, Grimes came out on fire, hitting another three and putting Blazers only one shot away from the lead. The Pirates however, countered with a three as well, keeping that four point lead for ECU. A couple of steals from Junior Miranda Burroughs, and some quickly passed layups from senior Karisma Chapman put UAB up to a tied game at 45-45.

The lead was passing back and forth between the two teams, but with Burroughs hitting her second three of the night, and chapman with a layup and a jumper, UAB took the with 52-47 with only 12:13 left in the game.

And with a couple of baskets from both teams the pirates came away with the lead, 66-63, at 3:59 in the game. Sophomore Brittany Winborne with a layup and a third 3 pointer from Grimes left UAB thinking they had the game in the bag. But ECU’s Tatiana Chapple quickly grabbed a steal, and with a fast break to the net The Pirates were able to tie the game up and send it into overtime.

UAB were the first to score in OT, but East Carolina went out an 8-0 run. 76-70, and Grimes, playing one of her best games of the season, buried her fourth three-pointer of the night, leaving only three points remaining for a win for the Blazers. The Pirates held UAB scoreless for the entire last two minutes of the game.

“I’m really proud of their fight though,” stated Norton. “That’s what we talked about, we don’t talk about winning or losing, we talk about the things we can control, and that’s playing hard, playing smart, playing together and having fun.”

Grimes and Winborne ended the night with their first career Double doubles, and Chapman led the night in points with 28.

Shae Nelson finished with 27 points leading East Carolina. Nelson connected on five three-pointers, four of those coming in the first half.

“There was a time there that we had Bartow rocking like I’ve never seen it since I’ve been here, and that’s our goal to get this program to have an atmosphere like that,” Norton remarked. “I’m proud of them.”

UAB will remain at home as it hosts UTSA on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The game is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. CT.

Photos by Molly Wilson

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