Jan. 15, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
The women’s basketball team (8-8, 1-2 SEC) will look to make it two wins in a row on Thursday when it hosts Auburn (10-6, 1-2 SEC) at 7 p.m. CT in Foster Auditorium. The Crimson Tide is coming off a 93-79 win over Ole Miss, while the Tigers were edged out by No. 10 South Carolina, 72-66, on Sunday.
Thursday is Military Appreciate Night at Foster Auditorium. All members of the military will receive free admission and will be recognized during the game. Additionally, the first 100 students in attendance will get a Built by Bama wristband.
Thursday’s game can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network on Tide 99.1 FM with Mick Gillispie calling the action. Fans can also follow online via live video feed or live scoring on RollTide.com or on Twitter @AlabamaWBB.
The Crimson Tide and Tigers are meeting for the 78th time since the 1974-75 season. Auburn currently leads the series, 43-34, after winning the last meeting by a score of 70-53 in Auburn. The Tide won the first game between the two teams last year coming away with a 61-51 victory on Jan. 24 in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama earned its first Southeastern Conference win last week when it downed Ole Miss, 93-79, on Sunday in Foster Auditorium. Four Alabama players turned in double-digit scoring performances, as the Tide set a season-high for points in a regulation game and the most points against an SEC opponent since Feb. 21, 1999, when Alabama had 102 against Vanderbilt. Senior Shafontaye Myers (28) and junior Daisha Simmons (23) combined for 51 points. Freshman Ashley Williams scored 14 points, while junior Briana Hutchen chipped in 13. As a team, Alabama is shooting 44.7 percent against league opponents while scoring 71.3 points per game.
Auburn went 0-2 last week with a 74-65 loss to Vanderbilt and a 72-66 loss to No. 10/11 South Carolina. Sophomore Tra’Cee Tanner led the Tigers on the week with 12.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. She had 16 points against Vanderbilt and eight against South Carolina, along with six rebounds. Hasina Muhammad led the Tigers against the Commodores with 17 points and eight rebounds. Peyton Davis also tallied double figures with 11. Against the Gamecocks, Tyrese Tanner totaled 16 points in the loss while freshman Brandy Montgomery added 13 points. The Auburn defense forced 20 or more turnovers in both games, forcing 22 against Vanderbilt and 20 vs. South Carolina. The Tigers tallied 21 steals in the two games, led by Muhammad with 3.0 per game.
Kristy Curry is in her first season as head coach on the Alabama sidelines after spending seven seasons in the same position at Texas Tech (2006-13). Prior to her stint in Lubbock, she spent seven years as head coach of the Purdue Boilermakers (1999-2006). Curry’s teams have made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the championship game in 2001, in addition to winning two Big Ten regular season titles and compiling nine 20-win seasons. She holds an overall coaching record of 317-157.
The Tigers are under the direction of second-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, who in her first season at Auburn, reached the quarterfinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. In her nine complete seasons as a head coach, Williams-Flournoy has guided her teams to the postseason five times, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in three of those years. Prior to taking over at Auburn, she was head coach at Georgetown from 2004-12. Assistant coaching stops for Williams-Flournoy include Southwest Missouri State (2002-04), Georgia (1996-2002) and Georgetown (1992-96).
TIDE PUTS UP MOST POINTS AGAINST A LEAGUE OPPONENT SINCE 1999
With its 93 points scored against Ole Miss on Jan. 12, Alabama recorded its most points in a single game against a Southeastern Conference opponent since it had 102 versus Vanderbilt on Feb. 21, 1999.
ALABAMA LOOKING FOR FIRST BACK-TO-BACK SEC WINS SINCE 2010-11
Should Alabama win its game tonight against Auburn, it would mark the first back-to-back wins in the league for the Crimson Tide since it won three in a row at the end of the 2010-11. Alabama topped Florida, 64-59, in the first game back in Foster Auditorium on Feb. 13, followed by a 59-51 victory at Auburn on Feb. 17 and a 61-52 win over Ole Miss at home on Feb. 20.
MYERS ONE OF ALABAMA’S BEST THREE-POINT SHOOTERS OF ALL-TIME
Senior guard Shafontaye Myers ranks second in the Southeastern Conference and is 15th in the nation in three-point field goals made per game, averaging 3.1 threes a contest. For her career, Myers is seventh in the Alabama career record books with 176. She is 18 three-pointers away from moving into the No. 6 spot, which is currently held by Monique Bivens (2001-05: 193).
WILLIAMS MAKING A NAME FOR HERSELF
Freshman forward Ashley Williams, who made the first start of her career on against UT Martin on Dec. 4, led the Crimson Tide with a then career-high tying 18 points. The Covington, Ga. native has scored in double figures 10 times in 16 appearances thus far and has recorded a pair of double-doubles. After averaging 8.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in the first five games of the season, Williams is now averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds over the last five games for the Tide. She leads the team in shooting percentage, hitting 51.9 percent of her attempts and rebounds with 5.9 boards per game and is third on the team in scoring, averaging 11.1 points per game.
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