CARBONDALE — Rachael Childress scored 29 points and Imani Johnson added 13 to lead UAB's women's basketball team past SIU 76-66 Monday afternoon in Birmingham, Alabama.
Nicole Martin scored 11 of her team-high 18 points in the first half for the Salukis (1-1), who also got a double-double from freshman forward Abby Brockmeyer and 10 points from freshman guard Makenzie Silvey. Brockmeyer scored 17 points and grabbed 10 boards in her second collegiate start. She blocked three shots and had two of SIU's 15 assists.
UAB (2-0) turned SIU's 19 turnovers into 17 points in the win. The Blazers also scored 15 second-chance points off 19 offensive rebounds.
SIU held UAB to just 31.3 percent shooting, but the Blazers sank 11 of 23 from the 3-point line (47.8 percent) and 25 of 34 free throws (73.5 percent). The Salukis shot 46.4 percent from the field (26 of 56), 36.4 percent from the 3-point line (4 of 11) and 10 of 15 at the free-throw line (66.7 percent).
Senior guard/forward Kylie Giebelhausen, who had a game-high 25 points in SIU's season-opening win over Tennessee-Martin, missed seven of nine shots and finished with six points and four turnovers.
Childress, last season's Conference USA freshman of the year, made 8 of 11 from the field, including 7 of 9 from behind the 3-point line, in 32 minutes. The 5-foot-10 forward set a league record with 95 3s last season. The rest of the Blazers were a combined 4 of 14 behind the arc.
SIU is next at Memphis Sunday at 2 p.m.