UAB jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead and held off Tulsa for a 76-65 victory at the Donald W. Reynolds Center Wednesday night. The Blazers improved to 10-6 overall and 2-1 in league action, while Tulsa fell to 7-7 and 1-2 in C-USA play.
Tulsa sophomore Ashley Clark scored 16 second-half points for the Hurricane and ended with a game-high 20 points, while freshman Liesl Spoerl totaled 11 points, senior Loren McDaniel and sophomore Kelsee Grovey had 10 points apiece. UAB had four players in double-figures led by Chelsee Black and Karisma Chapman's 16 points.
The Hurricane shot just 33 percent for the game, while UAB knocked down 45 percent of its shots, making 10 3-pointers for the 11-point victory. Tulsa managed to knock down only 2-of-15 treys on the night.
Trailing by 15 points at halftime, Tulsa cut the Blazers lead to single-digits at 51-42 with 11:56 remaining in the contest when McDaniel hit a five-foot jumper. However, that would be as close as Tulsa would get for the remainder of the game. UAB had its largest lead at 76-54 when Schenia Battle connected on a 3-pointer with 1:48 left on the game clock.
Tulsa closed out the game by scoring the final 11 points.
In the first half, UAB shot 45-percent and held Tulsa to 29 percent from the field while building a 40-25 halftime lead. Tulsa was 0-of-9 from 3-point range and was out-rebounded by nine boards.
The Blazers jumped out to a 10-2 lead on four layups and two free throws. Tulsa closed the gap to two points at the 15:17 mark of the first half on an 8-2 run, but UAB responded and in the next seven minutes built an 11-point lead when Ashley Grimes knocked down a 3-pointer with 7:43 remaining in the opening half.
Spoerl's jumper at the 5:08 mark cut the double-digit lead to nine points at 32-23, but the Blazers outscored the Hurricane over the final five minutes 8-2. Tulsa's Kadan Brady's jumper with 16 seconds on the clock sliced UAB's largest first-half lead of 17 points to 15 at intermission, 40-25.
Spoerl had 12 first-half points off the bench to lead Tulsa, while Grimes led UAB with 12 points and five rebounds.
Tulsa will be back in action at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Saturday against Conference USA foe FIU