Women’s Basketball Defeats Spring Hill 85-57 in Exhibition Game

BIRMINGHAM – Four Blazers scored in double-figures led by Zakyia Weathersby’s team-high 20 points in UAB’s 85-57 victory over Spring Hill in an exhibition game on Friday night.

Weathersby was 9-of-11 from the field and added a game-high eight rebounds in the win. Destinee McGhee scored 13 and Maria Roters 11 for the Blazers. Caitlynn Daniels had 10 points and a game-high six assists.

Tyashia Bostick scored a game-high 21 points for SHC.

After the teams exchanged early baskets in the 1st quarter, UAB went on a 12-2 to run to take a 14-4 lead at the 3:04 mark. The Blazer defense held the Badgers without a field for the final 4:47 of the quarter as they built a 21-8 lead after the first 10 minutes.

A layup by Kylee Schneringer at 5:07 of the 2nd quarter gave UAB its largest lead of the half, 21 points at 30-9. A pair of McGhee free throws closed out the scoring and put the Blazers up 34-17 heading into halftime.

The 3rd quarter started off slow for UAB, as Spring Hill was able to cut the deficit to 11 points at 6:24 as Bostick’s jumper made the score 38-27. The Blazers responded with three straight field goals and would outscore SHC 17-8 at the end of the quarter, giving them a 57-37 lead.

Audrey Jordan’s 3-pointer with 4:03 remaining in the 4th quarter put the Blazers up 78-45 and gave them its largest lead of the game at 33 points. Claudia Armato closed out the game’s scoring with a layup 13 seconds before the horn sounded.

“I love exhibition games because it gives you the opportunity to play everybody. You get to look at some different lineups and combinations,” said head coach Randy Norton. “I feel really positive about this game. I saw a lot of great things and I liked how we shot the ball tonight.”

UAB shot 56% from the field, making 31-of-55 shots. They hit 5-of-11 from 3-point range for 38% and were 18-of-24 from the free throw line for 75%. The Blazers outrebounded the Badgers 30-25 and outscored them in the paint 46-20.

“Everything starts with Kyia. She’s going to score and she’s going to rebound. And with Destinee, those two are going to be hard to stop. It’s great to have them both.”

The first regular season game is Nov. 10 when the Blazers host Shorter at 6 p.m.  Fans who bring printed or mobile ticket from the Nov. 9 UAB men’s basketball ticket will get free admission to the Shorter contest.

Women’s Basketball season tickets are on sale by purchasing the 2021-22 Gold Card for $65 here. The 2021-22 Gold Card will get you access to all home events for Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, Softball, and Baseball (Regions Field & Young Memorial). This card is not valid for Conference USA or NCAA Championship events.
Tickets for individual games can be purchased here. Tickets are $5 for adults or $3 for those 18 or younger.
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