Women's Basketball Travels to No. 9 Tennessee
Jan. 19, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team will be back in action on Sunday when it heads to Knoxville to take on the ninth-ranked Tennessee Lady Volunteers in Thompson-Boling Arena. Tipoff is slated for Noon CT with the game airing live on CSS.
Sunday's game will also be a special one in Knoxville as it marks the final day of "We Back Pat" Week, a week-long initiative focused on bringing awareness and recognition to the Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, and its fight against Alzheimer's disease.
Alabama and Tennessee will be meeting for the 48th time in program history on Sunday. The Lady Volunteers lead the series 45-2 and have won the last 38 games against the Crimson Tide. Alabama's last win against Tennessee came on March 3, 1984, by an 85-66 decision.
Alabama was one of six SEC teams idle on Thursday. In its last game, taking place on Sunday, Jan. 13, the Tide earned its first win against a league opponent this season beating Mississippi in Oxford, 83-75. Sunday's win saw six Alabama players finish in double figures, led by redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn's 17 points. She was followed by senior Meghan Perkins with 15, junior Shafontaye Myers with 14, senior Alicia Mitcham with 12, sophomore Daisha Simmons with 11 and junior Jasmine Robinson with 10. Perkins, Mitcham, Horn and Robinson combined for 25 of the Tide's 42 rebounds while Perkins, Horn and Simmons accounted for 19 of Alabama's 22 assists.
Simmons continues to lead the Tide in scoring for the season with an average of 12.1 points per game. She also leads the team in assists (4.4 apg) and steals (2.8 spg) while Mitcham chips in a team-best 5.3 rebounds per contest.
Tennessee enters Sunday's game winners of its last seven games, five of which have come against SEC foes. Last time out, the Lady Vols came back from a 12-point deficit to beat Auburn on the road, 75-66. Tennessee outscored the Tigers, 48-34, in the second half and got a huge offensive outing from junior Meighan Simmons, who poured in 29 points.
Simmons paces the Lady Vol offense with an average of 17.4 points per game and also leads the team in steals (1.8 spg). Freshman Bashaara Graves averages a team-high 8.9 rebounds per contest while sophomore Ariel Massengale dishes out a team-best 4.1 assists per game.
In addition to the game being televised, it can be listened to on the Crimson Tide Sports Network on the radio and online at RollTide.com. Fans can also follow along on the team's official Twitter page @AlabamaWBB.