Feb. 1, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
The women’s basketball team (10-11, 3-5 SEC) returns home on Sunday to host No. 10/10 Tennessee (17-4, 6-2 SEC) on Sunday at Foster Auditorium. The game will tip off at 3:30 p.m. CT and will air on ESPNU.
One lucky Crimson Tide Rewards member will win a 32-inch television at Sunday’s game. In addition, the first 100 kids 12 and under will get a free hot dog, drink and a Built by Bama wristband.
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 Volunteers are meeting for the 49th time in the series that dates back to the 1976-77 season. Tennessee leads the series 46-2 and has won the last 39 straight against Alabama. The Tide’s last win against the Lady Vols came on March 3, 1984, by a score of 85-66.
Alabama’s winning streak was halted on Thursday at Florida as the Tide dropped a 75-67 decision to the Gators in Gainesville. Freshman Ashley Williams recorded her third double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Shafontaye Myers scored a game-high 21 points. Myers continues to pace the Alabama offense with an average of 15.4 points per game. She is followed by junior Daisha Simmons at 13.3 points per game and Williams with 11.8 points per game and a team-high 6.1 rebounds per contest.
Tennessee has won four straight Southeastern Conference games, most recently at home against Arkansas on Thursday, 70-60. The Lady Vols have four players averaging double-figure points on the season, led by senior Meighan Simmons at 14.9 points per game. She is followed by junior Isabelle Harrison, who adds 13.1 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds per contest. As a team, Tennessee ranks second in the SEC in scoring, averaging 81.2 points per game, and first in rebounds at 47.2 boards per contest.
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 319-160.
The Lady Volunteers are led by second-year head coach Holly Warlick, who led Tennessee to a 27-8 record, an SEC regular season championship and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in her first season. She was voted as the Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year in 2013 by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in addition to being named the SEC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year by league coaches and the Associated Press.
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