Jan. 25, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The women's basketball team (9-10, 2-4 SEC) returns to the friendly confines of Foster Auditorium on Sunday to host Georgia (14-5, 2-4 SEC) at 2 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast with Matt Stewart and Joe Ciampi calling the action.
There are several promotions in place for Sunday's game against Georgia. The first 100 kids 12 and under in attendance will receive a voucher for a free hot dog and drink. It is also Academic Achievement Day, giving free admission to students with an academic achievement voucher. Following the game, the women's basketball team will sign autographs on the court by the west bleachers.
WE BACK PAT WEEK
At every SEC women's basketball game from Jan. 19-26 - 19 games in 13 cities - a variety of efforts including promotional public address announcements and video endorsements will help to increase awareness of the Pat Summitt Foundation and its mission to raise awareness fight against Alzheimer's disease. Alabama players will be wearing purple shooting shirts, and the staff will also be wearing purple throughout the game.
Sunday's game can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network on 99.1 The Tide 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 Lady Bulldogs are meeting for the 46th time in program history today. Georgia leads the series 36-9 and has won 23 straight against Alabama. The Tide's last win in the series came on Feb. 8, 1998 by a score of 90-77 in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama had a big win last time out, defeating No. 9/8 Kentucky at Memorial Coliseum, 57-55. The victory was the first in Lexington since 2002 and the first win on the road against a top-10 team for the Crimson Tide since it beat eighth-ranked Old Dominion, 79-68, on Dec. 5, 1998. Alabama was led offensively by junior Daisha Simmons, who had a game-high 21 points. Sophomore Nikki Hegstetter recorded a game-best nine rebounds, while junior Bri Hutchen provided 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Georgia returns to action after having a bye on Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs have won their last two straight Southeastern Conference games, first against Arkansas and then at Florida, after starting the league season out 0-4. In the win over the Razorbacks, Shacobia Barbee scored 17 points, while Erika Ford had a career-high tying 23 points to lead Georgia over the Gators. Barbee continues to lead Georgia on the season with an average of 12.2 points and 7.8 rebounds 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 318-159.
The Lady Bulldogs are led by Women's Basketball Hall-of-Famer Andy Landers, who is in his 35th season at Georgia and 39th overall. Landers, a four-time National Coach of the Year selection, has taken his teams to five NCAA Finals Fours, while earning bids to 30 of 32 NCAA tournaments. He holds an overall record of 919-301 and an 837-280 mark at Georgia.
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