Wednesday, January 07, 2004
TUSCALOOSA – The University of Alabama women’s basketball team (8-4) closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule at Middle Tennessee State (9-3) on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.
The Crimson Tide look to rebound from a disappointing 76-70 loss versus Houston on Saturday and get back on the winning track before opening up Southeastern Conference play this weekend.
Sophomore center Dee Merriweather continued her solid play for Alabama against Houston, posting a career best double-double performance of 15 points and 15 rebounds. Merriweather leads the team and ranks 11th in the SEC in rebounding. Junior Monique Bivins also had a solid game against the Lady Cougars scoring a team high 17 points and moving to within one three-pointer of 100 for her career.
MTSU enter’s Thursday’s tilt with a 9-3 mark following a 67-63 loss at home against Houston on Monday. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Blue Raiders and was their first home loss of the season. Junior Patrice Holmes leads the attack for Middle Tennessee averaging 18.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.
Alabama is 6-0 all-time versus Middle Tennessee with the pairs last meeting coming in the championship game of the Lady Raider Classic in December of 1996.
The Tide returns home following the MTSU game to host South Carolina on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the SEC opener for both squads.