Women's Basketball Gears up to Host No. 15 South Carolina

Daisha Simmons

Feb. 6, 2013

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama women's basketball team (12-10, 2-7 SEC) will host 15th-ranked South Carolina (19-3, 7-2 SEC) on Thursday at Foster Auditorium with tipoff slated for 6:30 p.m. CT. The game can be listened to on the Crimson Tide Sports Network and watched on RollTide.com.

The Crimson Tide and Gamecocks will be meeting for the 32nd time in program history on Thursday. South Carolina has won the last six matchups against Alabama, leading the series 16-15. The Tide's last win against the Gamecocks came on Jan. 10, 2008, by a 65-54 decision in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama is coming off a pair of road losses last week, most recently an 87-54 defeat at Florida. The Tide struggled offensively against the Gators, shooting only 25.7 percent (19-74) from the floor while Florida hit 58.3 percent (35-60), including 50 percent (6-12) from three-point range, for the game.

Alabama has three players averaging double-figure points for the season, led by sophomore Daisha Simmons' 12.2 point contribution. She is followed by juniors Shafontaye Myers (11.9 ppg) and Jasmine Robinson (10.1 ppg). Sophomore Kaneisha Horn has been the Tide's top rebounder, pulling down 5.5 boards per game while Simmons also leads the team in assists (4.0 apg) and steals (2.5 spg).

South Carolina enters Thursday's game winners of its last five contests, all of which come against Southeastern Conference opponents. Its latest win came on Sunday when it beat Auburn, 59-51, in Columbia. The Gamecocks were led by freshman Khadijah Sessions, who had a game-high 19 points in addition to three rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes off the bench.

For the season, South Carolina is led in scoring by sophomore Aleighsa Welch, who averages 12.0 points per game. She also contributes a team-high 8.0 rebounds.

The Gamecocks lead the SEC in scoring defense, holding opponents to a low of 47.5 points per game. South Carolina is also first in the league in field goal percentage defense (.343), rebounding defense (32.5), offensive rebounds (17.5) and rebounding margin (+9.3).

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