HPU WBB Panthers drop road contest at UAB, 75-66

• Sophomore Lindsey Edwards registered a season-high 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting on the night.
• Senior Kaylah Keys (14) and freshman Camryn Brown (12) rounded out the double-digit scorers for HPU.
• The team will travel to Morgantown, W.Va. on Sunday, Nov. 27th at 4:00 p.m. to take on #23 West Virginia.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The High Point University women’s basketball team fell on the road to the UAB Blazers, 75-66, on Tuesday evening.

Senior Kaylah Keys paced Panthers (1-3) in double figures recording 14 points, two rebounds and four assists in the matchup. Meanwhile, sophomore Deanna Kuzmanic led the Blazers (2-2) with 17 points on the strength of four three-pointers.

“I thought we came out focused in the first half and lacked that in the second half,” head coach DeUnna Hendrix said. “It doesn’t take long for a lead to slip away. We battled back in the second half but we didn’t take care of the ball the way we needed to in order to win a tough road game.”

Freshman Camryn Brown tallied a career-high 12 points off of the bench for the HPU offense. Likewise, sophomore Lindsey Edwards tallied a season-high 12 points to round out the trio double-digit scorers for High Point.

The Panthers outshot the Blazers 54 percent (27-50) to 42.9 percent (27-63). However, UAB posted a 20-7 edge in turnovers while both teams pulled down 32 boards.

In the post, freshman Olivia VanSlooten was active all night on the defensive end for High Point recording career highs in rebounds (nine) and points (eight). Meanwhile, sophomores Emma Bockrath and Shea Morgan grabbed five rebounds apiece.

The Panthers opened the first frame with Keys knocking down a three and a layup in the first three minutes to give the Panthers a 5-0 edge. From there, Brown and Lindsey came off the bench to combine for 16 points as HPU led 21-14 after the first 10 minutes.

In the second quarter, HPU continued to maintain a seven-point margin over UAB with a three-pointer from Harris at the 7:03 mark (31-24). However, the Panthers were only able to muster another six points in the period and entered halftime two points behind the Blazers, 39-37.

After the break, the Panthers put together 15 points but, were unable to stop UAB in the paint allowing the Blazers to record 18 points in the frame. Edwards helped to close the gap to a five-point deficit with a jumper with 41 seconds remaining (57-52).

Moving into the final frame, UAB was able to capitalize off four fast-break points to take the win over the Panthers, 75-66.

HPU will travel to Morgantown, W.Va. after the Thanksgiving break to take on the Mountaineers on Sunday, Nov. 27th at 4:00p.m.