Women's Basketball Hosts No. 20/21 Georgia

Celiscia Farmer

Feb. 4, 2012

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team (10-13, 0-9 SEC) returns to Foster Auditorium to take on the No. 20/21 ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs (17-6, 6-4 SEC) on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CT and will air on Fox Sports South.

"Tomorrow, we are going to try and speed up the tempo," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "Georgia is a bigger team, and if we can get the tempo up, I think we have a better chance of being successful. We need to force them to run without us committing turnovers. We have not done that consistently. We need to be sure to do that throughout the entire 40 minutes."

Sunday's matchup will mark the 43rd time that the two teams have faced each other on the court. Last year's game resulted in a victory for the Lady Bulldogs putting them ahead in the series 33-9. Alabama's last victory against Georgia came on February 8, 1998.

The Tide is coming off of a 70-52 loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Thursday. Both teams struggled to get their offenses going with the first points coming nearly three minutes into the game. Junior Kyra Crosby led all players with 14 points followed by junior Jessica Merritt who had 12 points and, a team best, eight rebounds. Sophomore Jasmine Robinsonalso contributed 10 points and three steals for the Tide.

Robinson continues to lead the team for the year in points, averaging 11.3 points per game. Junior Erin Hogueleads the Tide in rebounding for the year, averaging 6.0 per game.

The Lady Bulldogs enters Sunday's game fresh off a 70-60 win over Mississippi State. Junior Jasmine Hassell and sophomore Khaalidah Miller led all players with 16 points, while junior Anne Marie Armstrong led Georgia on the boards with eight rebounds.

Hassell leads the team for the year with 13.0 points per game, and Armstrong leads the Lady Bulldogs with 6.2 rebounds per game as well as 3.4 assists per contest.