Feb. 1, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The women's basketball team (10-12, 0-8 SEC) will travel to Fayetteville, to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks (16-5, 5-4 SEC) on Thursday. The game will be played in Bud Walton Arena with tipoff set for 7 p.m. CT.
"We talked to the team in the Kentucky game and told them to take one play and one game at a time," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "That's what we need to continue to do. I think, because we are getting people back from injury, we are closer now. If we continue to have that consistency, we are going to get better because we actually have a chance to practice and play in games together. I think that is real important to us, and we are moving in the right direction."
Thursday's game will be the 30th contest between the two teams with Arkansas leading the series 15-14. The two teams last met in Fayetteville in the final regular-season game of 2011, which resulted in a 92-79 decision in the Tide's favor.
Continuing the search for its first Southeastern Conference victory, the Tide moves into the second half of conference play. The last time out, Alabama faced the sixth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats, falling 82-68 in Lexington. The Tide outscored the Wildcats in the second half 39-36, and cut a 25-point first-half deficit down to 11. Alabama also out-rebounded Kentucky, 47-41 in the contest. Sophomore Jasmine Robinson and junior Kyra Crosby led Alabama with 14 points apiece. Junior Jessica Merritt led all players on the boards with eight rebounds in addition to three steals, both of which were career highs.
On the season, Robinson paces the Tide offense with 11.4 points per game, while junior forward Erin Hogue averages a team-best 6.0 rebounds per outing.
Arkansas comes into the game having defeated Florida, 73-72, in double overtime. The Razorbacks had five players with double digits points, led by junior Sarah Watkins, who had 17 points, six rebounds and four blocks. Arkansas overcame a 12-point deficit at the half to outscore Florida, 36-24, in the second half to extend the game.
Senior C'eira Ricketts leads the team on the year in points, averaging 11.0 per game, while senior Ashley Daniels leads on the boards with 6.2 per game.