March 3, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama freshman forward Shannon Hale has been selected as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, league officials announced on Monday.
Hale becomes the first Crimson Tide player to earn the league's freshman of the week award since Trevor Releford earned the accolade on Feb. 7, 2011.
Hale, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward from Johnson City, Tenn., earned the weekly honor after averaging 17.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in contests against Ole Miss and Auburn. For the week, Hale shot team-highs of 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the floor, 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from beyond the arc and 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the free throw line.
Against Ole Miss on Feb. 26, Hale scored a game-high 27 points and pulled down nine rebounds - both season bests. He connected on 7-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc against the Rebels. He followed that contest with seven points and four boards in the win over Auburn on Saturday night.
Hale has played impressively during SEC play, as he has reached double figures in 10 of UA's 16 league games and ranks ninth among SEC freshmen in both scoring (11.4 ppg) and rebounding (4.1 rpg) average. He is one of only two Crimson Tide players to have started all 16 league contests this season (Trevor Releford).
Hale and Alabama return to action Tuesday night when it plays its final road game of the regular season, traveling to Lexington to square off at No. 17/16 Kentucky. The game will tipoff at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN.
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