UAB too much for UAPB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior guard Amber Jones scored in double figures for the fifth-straight game on Monday to lead the Alabama-Birmingham women’s basketball team to a 71-25 win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Bartow Arena.

UAB improves to 4-1 on the season for the first time since 2001.

The Lady Lions (1-3) shot just 17 percent from the field, while the 25 points scored were the fewest allowed by a UAB team in school history. They also hit only 5 of 12 free throws.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff capitalized on a sluggish start from the Blazers, building an early 4-0 lead after a Christina Lasane jumper at the 17:37 mark.

That early advantage would soon disappear. UAB took its first lead when Jones scored off a fastbreak layup to assume the 5-4 advantage. From that point on, the Blazers never looked back on their way to the win.

No one scored in double figures for UAPB, which was coming off a 79-60 loss at Alabama on Saturday. Lakendra Marsha scored eight points to lead the Lady Lions, followed by Lasane with four. Chi Chi Okwumabua was held to three points but grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

The Blazers were led by the duo of Jones and junior forward Karisma Chapman. The two combined for 24 points as Jones tallied 13 on the night to go along with Chapman’s 11.

UAPB won’t return to action until Dec. 4, when it hosts LeMoyne-Owen College.