Tide Hosts Rebels on Sunday in Foster Auditorium
Jan. 14, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team (10-8, 0-4 SEC) will seek its first Southeastern Conference win of the season when it hosts Mississippi (11-6, 1-3 SEC) on Sunday and 2 p.m. CT. The game will be the Crimson Tide's "We Back Pat" game, focused on bringing awareness and recognition to the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and its fight against Alzheimer's disease.
"Mississippi is going to come in here real hungry just as we are," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "We made some adjustments in the game the other night against Mississippi State and will continue to do that with the group we have. We need to find a way to get a win under our belt."
Sunday's game marks the 51st meeting in the series that began in 1977. Alabama and Mississippi met one time last season in Tuscaloosa where the Tide came out on top by a 61-52 decision.
Last time out, Alabama suffered a 66-61 setback to Mississippi State, despite getting 32 points from its bench. Junior guard Celiscia Farmer came off the bench to lead Alabama with 15 points. Sophomore guard Jasmine Robinson and junior forward Kyra Crosby each added 11 points. Junior guard Meghan Perkinsled the Tide's rebounding efforts with seven boards, while Farmer grabbed five rebounds. Alabama won several statistical categories against the Lady Bulldogs including rebounding (37-34), points in the paint (26-14), second chance points (18-11), bench points (32-4) and steals (11-7).
Alabama is led in scoring on the season by Robinson, who averages 12.3 points per game. Senior guard Ericka Russell ranks seventh in the SEC in three-pointers made with 1.9 per game, while Perkins is fifth in the league in free throw percentage (.769). Also in the top 10 for Alabama is junior forward Erin Hoguein rebounding (8th-6.9) and Robinson in minutes (8th-30.9).
After having lost its first three SEC games, Mississippi collected its first league victory with a 60-54 win over Arkansas on Thursday. Senior Nikki Byrd led the Rebels in scoring with 16 points, while sophomore Valencia McFarland followed with 13.
Byrd paces Mississippi on the season with 14.6 ppg and 10.4 rpg. She is followed by McFarland, who averages 13.0 ppg and 5.6 apg. Byrd leads the league in rebounds with 10.4 boards per contest, while McFarland is second in the SEC in assists per game (5.6).