UAB tops MU women, 61-43
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Just as it did in the first meeting, UAB used a strong defensive effort and post presence to secure a 61-43 victory over Marshall in Conference USA women's basketball Sunday in Bartow Arena.
The Blazers (15-9, 6-5 C-USA) outscored the Thundering Herd 32-18 in the paint and tallied 18 points off Herd miscues. The win gave UAB a season sweep (the Blazers won 61-45 at Marshall on Jan. 27) and dropped Marshall to 0-6 in league road games.
"Our effort and approach was completely different than it was the other night," first-year Herd coach Matt Daniel said in reference from going to a win over UTEP on Thursday to Sunday's loss. "Our team has to continue to learn and be able to handle some success."
Erica Woods led Marshall (8-16, 2-9 C-USA) with 11 points and added two steals and two rebounds. Chukwuka Ezeigbo and Leandra King tied for rebound honors with eight each.
"We didn't focus on anything and we didn't execute on either end," Daniel said. "We got beat by 18 after only giving up 61 points. They shot a great percentage. You can't do that ... you can't come out with that little focus. It's tough to win on the road normally and if you won't play focused it's tough to stay in games."
Ashley Grimes paced the Blazers with 19 points. Karisma Chapman added 12 and a game-high nine rebounds. UAB also got 22 points from non-starters.
"This was a good win at a crucial time for us," UAB coach Audra Smith said. "We are entering the most critical part of the season and it is important that we compete like we did today."
UAB used an 18-7 run late in the first half to take a 30-16 lead at intermission. The Blazers maintained the upper hand the final 20 minutes.
Marshall's next game is Thursday at home against East Carolina. Game time is 7 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center.