Tide Gears up to take on the Gators Thursday

Jasmine Robinson

Jan. 18, 2012

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team (10-9, 0-5 SEC) will head to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators (12-6, 2-3 SEC) on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

"The biggest thing for us in this game is that we don't let the first four or five minutes get away from us and dictate the rest of the game," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "We need to set the tempo, generate some of our own excitement and intensity and get more scoring than we have been."

Thursday's game will be the 51st time the teams have faced each other in the series. The two teams split decisions last season with Florida taking the win in Gainesville and Alabama responding with a victory in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama is still looking for its first Southeastern Conference win with its most recent loss coming to Mississippi. Junior Kyra Crosby came off of the bench to lead the team in points with 14, followed by sophomore Jasmine Robinson's effort of 12 points. Sophomore Khristin Lee dominated the boards with eight rebounds, while also adding seven assists, both of which were career highs.

The Tide will be playing its first game without senior Ericka Russell, who ended her career on Tuesday, January 17, after receiving a medical disqualification due to previous knee injuries.

Leading Alabama on the year in scoring is Robinson, who averages 12.3 points per game. Junior forward Erin Hogue averages a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game.

The Gators had a big win over LSU last time out, breaking the Tiger's 10-game win streak and earning Florida its second conference win. The Gators were led in scoring by senior Jordan Jones, who scored 16 points. Florida came out with a well-rounded scoring offense, having 10 players score in the game.

Florida has two players currently averaging double-figure points, led by junior Jennifer George's 13.6 points per game. She is followed by Jones, who contributes 12.8 points per contest. George also leads the team in rebounds, with 9.6 boards per game.