Herd Falls to UAB in C-USA Second Round, 79-63


Senior Suporia Dickens scored a team-high 16 points.

Senior Suporia Dickens scored a team-high 16 points.

March 12, 2014

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EL PASO, Texas – Karisma Chapman recorded 27 points and eighth-seeded UAB held off upset-minded and No. 16 seed Marshall, 79-63, in the second round of the 2014 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship at Memorial Gym Wednesday afternoon. The Blazers (16-14) advance to face top-seed and No. 22/20 Middle Tennessee in the C-USA quarterfinals at 11 a.m. MDT Thursday.

The Thundering Herd (11-20) did well to keep things interesting, trailing by just eight (57-48) with 12:07 remaining in regulation. But unlike the opening day, in which all the lower seeds pulled out victories, UAB was able to squash the comeback bid.

The Blazers accounted for the game's next 12 points to make it 69-49 with 8:48 left, and Marshall never got closer than 17 the rest of the way.

UAB came out of the gates firing and never cooled off, finishing at 54.4 percent (31-of-57) from the floor. It drilled 9-of-16 from three-point range, including five by Miranda Burroughs. UAB was the epitome of offensive efficiency, registering 22 assists on 31 field-goals made.

Burroughs buoyed Chapman with 15 points while Ashley Grimes recorded 11 points. Brittany Winborne nearly posted a double-double (nine points, 10 rebounds) while Chapman pitched in seven helpers to go along with the scoring outburst.

The Blazers also dominated the boards, 43-26, which was in part a by-product of an off shooting day for the Thundering Herd.

Marshall did have some good moments offensively, in particular with the play of three individuals. Suporia Dickens (16 points), Chelsey Romero (14 points) and McKenzie Akers (10 points) combined for 40 points on a combined 14-of-28 from the floor. The rest of the squad, though, couldn't find a rhythm and hit 9-of-38 while pitching in 23 points.

The Thundering Herd compensated for those shortcomings by forcing 16 UAB turnovers, which led to 22 points. Marshall's bench also outscored the Blazer back-ups, 31-9, but ultimately fell short.

Tournament Notes
- UAB is the first high-seed to win at this year's Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship.

UAB Notes
- Senior Karisma Chapman scored double digits for 29th time this season, 15th 20-point game.
- Junior Miranda Burroughs hit five 3-pointers for the second time this season.
- Senior Ashley Grimes dished out a career-high nine assists to lead the team, while Chapman added a career-high seven assists on the day.
- Eight of the nine players that saw action scored for UAB.
- The Blazers finished with 20+ assists for the fifth time this season.
- UAB improved to 14-3 when winning the battle on the boards. The Blazers finished with 43 rebounds to Marshall's 26.
- Three players finished in double figures: Karisma Chapman (27), Miranda Burroughs (15) and Ashley Grimes (11).
- For the fourth-straight game, UAB won the battle in the paint, outscoring Marshall, 38-30.
- UAB shot 54.4 percent from the field on the day. It was the fourth time the team shot over 50 percent and the second highest shooting percentage of the season for the Blazers.

Marshall Notes
- The Herd’s 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) showing from the free-throw line versus UAB marked Marshall’s best performance at the charity stripe since going 18-of-18 in a 76-57 win against Memphis in the opening round of the 2009 Conference USA Championship (March 5, 2009).
- Marshall’s appearance versus UAB in the second round is a first for the Herd since it defeated UTEP in the 2009 C-USA Championship second round (March 6, 2009).
- The No. 16-seed Thundering Herd became the lowest seed in Division I basketball history to win a conference tournament game, Tuesday, when it defeated No. 9-seed Florida Atlantic, 80-73, at Memorial Gym in El Paso, Texas.
- UAB’s 79 points is the most allowed by Marshall in a Conference USA Championship game.
- The Herd’s 16-point loss is the largest for Marshall in a Conference USA Championship game. The previous was a 13-point loss (71-58) to Houston in the 2007 opening round.

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