Tide Opens SEC Home Slate with No. 6 Kentucky on Sunday

Kaneisha Horn

Jan. 5, 2013

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team (10-4, 0-1 SEC) will host sixth-ranked Kentucky (13-1, 1-0 SEC) on Sunday in Foster Auditorium in the Crimson Tide's first Southeastern Conference home game of the season. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. CT.

Alabama and Kentucky will be meeting for the 39th time in the series that favors the Wildcats, 22-16. Kentucky had won seven straight, however, the Tide snapped the Wildcats' winning streak last season when the Tide won, 77-75, on Feb. 16. The victory was Alabama's first over a ranked opponent since it beat No. 24 BYU on Dec. 21, 2002, 70-59.

This season, Alabama ranks second in the nation in turnover margin (10.71) and also ranks No. 5 in the country in steals per game (14.1). The Tide is led in scoring by sophomore Daisha Simmons with 11.9 points. She is followed by juniors Jasmine Robinson (11.3) and Shafontaye Myers (10.9). Simmons also leads the team in assists (3.9) and steals (3.1) and is second in blocks (1.0). Senior Alicia Mitcham and redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Hornaverage a team-best 5.3 rebounds per game apiece.

Kentucky went 12-1 during its non-conference schedule with the lone loss coming on the road to then-No. 1 Baylor, 85-51. The Wildcats have 11 players averaging 10 or more minutes per game with the highest being senior A'dia Mathies at 27.5 minutes per game. Kentucky is averaging 77.7 points per game which is 27.0 more than its opponents.

The Wildcats are ranked in the top 25 in the nation in several categories including first in turnover margin (11.43), seventh in scoring margin (+27.0), 11th in scoring offense (77.7), 15th in blocks per game (5.8), 20th in steals per game (12.7) and 21st in scoring defense (50.7).

Kentucky is led on offense by Mathies, who averages 13.8 points per game while redshirt sophomore Samarie Walker has collected a team-high 7.5 rebounds per contest.

Sunday's game can be listened to on the Crimson Tide Sports Network on the radio and online at RollTide.com. In addition, fans can follow along on the team's official Twitter page @AlabamaWBB.