TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama women’s basketball team (8-13, 1-5 SEC) will continue on the road for its second straight SEC contest in the state of Mississippi. The Tide will wrap up the week by heading to Oxford, Miss. to face Ole Miss (8-11, 2-4 SEC) on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2:00 p.m. in Tad Smith Coliseum. Mick Gillispie will once again call the action on CTSN.
Ole Miss leads the series, 28-16, and has a five-game win streak over the Tide. That streak includes the last meeting, a 78-49 Rebel win in the first round of the 2007 SEC Tournament. The five-game streak over UA came on the heels of an identical win streak for the Tide over Mississippi. Prior to the Rebel win stretch, however, the Tide had owned the series. From 1993-2004, Alabama beat Ole Miss 13 of 15 times.
The Tide have met the Rebels 19 times in Oxford with Ole Miss holding a 13-6 all-time advantage. Head coach Stephany Smith is 1-6 all-time against the Rebels. Ole Miss was the first opponent for her MTSU team as a head coach on Nov. 15, 1998, a game that her team lost by one point.
The Lady Rebels are coming off a 68-44 loss to the hands of No. 2 ranked Tennessee Thursday night. Ole Miss has dropped three in a row and is 8-11 overall but do sport a 7-2 mark at the Tad Smith Coliseum. Shaw Goff paces the Lady Rebels in scoring with 13.3 points per game and is second in rebounding with 7.5 boards per tilt. Shantell Black follows with 13 points and a team-leading 107 assists. As a team, Ole Miss is shooting 40 percent and scoring 66 points per game.
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team was predicted to finish eighth in the SEC in a poll voted on by a panel of national and SEC media. In a poll voted on by the league’s coaches, the Lady Rebels were predicted to finish ninth. Ole Miss reached the NCAA Elite Eight a season ago and return two starters and nine additional letterwinners that helped guide the Lady Rebels to a 24-11 overall record, the most wins since the 1993-94 team also recorded a total of 24 victories.
Alabama freshman forward Tierney Jenkins took some time making the transition into SEC competition. The Alabama leading scorer was held to under double-digits in points for three-straight games, her longest of the season. Jenkins broke out of the slump in a big way against Mississippi State on Jan. 31 with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting in 25 minutes of action. On the season the Mt. Juliet, Tenn. native leads the Tide with 11.4 points per game and is second with 6.9 boards per tilt.
Alabama junior guard Camilla Blands has put a run together of six double-digit point performances in her last seven outings. Over that span the Denmark native is averaging 10.6 points per game and has hit at least two three-pointers in five of the seven games. Blands was one of three Tide players to tally double-digits in the loss against Mississippi State.
Alabama freshman Katie Hancock stepped foot on the hardwood for the first time in a Tide uniform against Auburn on Jan. 27. Just 15 weeks after ACL surgery the Tupelo, Miss. native made her collegiate debut. Hancock got the starting nod from coach Smith and tallied six points on 2-of-3 shooting. The 5-11 guard drilled her first shot of her career, which was a three to start off the game for the Tide. Hancock also started against Mississippi State and tallied seven points on 3-of-6 shooting.
The Alabama women’s basketball team has played eight games over the course of January, compiling a record of 2-6. Alabama’s two wins came in consecutive games as the Tide rolled past SE Louisiana 61-51 on Jan. 5 and then defeated SEC foe South Carolina 65-54 for its first conference win since 2006. December was the most successful month for the Tide. Alabama went 4-2 over the holiday stretch with all four wins coming in a five-game span.
Alabama will return home for two straight home games, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 7 against No. 8 ranked LSU at 6:00 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum. The Tide will continue its stay by hosting the Vanderbilt Commodores on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday’s contest against Vandy will mark the WBCA Think Pink game of the year for Alabama.