Women's Basketball Plays First of Two on the Road at Missouri



Feb. 8, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team (10-12, 3-6 SEC) returns to the hardwood following an off week on Sunday to take on the Missouri Tigers (14-9, 3-7 SEC) in Columbia, Mo. The game is slated to tip at 2 p.m. CT in Mizzou Arena.

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.

Alabama's Power of Pink event will, once again, run in conjunction with the Play 4Kay initiative, which is an opportunity for women's basketball across the nation to raise awareness for breast cancer. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2.8 million to support women's cancer research. The Crimson Tide will be a part of both Missouri's and Arkansas' Play 4Kay games on Sunday, Feb. 9, and Thursday, Feb. 13, respectively, before holding its home event against Texas A&M on Sunday, Feb. 16. Alabama will wear several pink accessories including shoes, socks and headbands, as well as the "United We Fight" Nike shooting shirts, and will wear its pink uniforms at home against the Aggies.

Alabama and Missouri are meeting for the fifth time in the series on Sunday. In last year's contest in Tuscaloosa, the Tigers came away with an 88-64 win, which was the largest margin of victory in the series by far as the three prior contests were decided by a total of 11 points. Missouri leads the series 3-1, with the Crimson Tide's lone win coming on March 13, 2002, 68-67, in Columbia.

Alabama had its final open date of the season on Thursday, allowing the Crimson Tide to go back to work on fundamentals following its 64-54 loss to No. 10 Tennessee. Alabama will look to end its two-game losing skid on Sunday, which would also give the Tide its best record in its first 10 Southeastern Conference games since the 2004-05 season. Senior Shafontaye Myers continues to pace the Alabama offense with an average of 15.2 points per game, followed by junior Daisha Simmons at 13.5 points per game and freshman Ashley Williams with 11.5 points per game. Williams also leads the team in rebounds with 6.0 boards per contest. As a team, the Tide is shooting over .400, which is something it has not done in seven seasons.

The Missouri Tigers boast some of the best shooters in the SEC, ranking second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.382) and free throw percentage (.758). Like Alabama, Mizzou will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak having dropped road contests at South Carolina, 62-78, and LSU, 58-75. The Tigers are led by senior Bri Kulas, who leads the SEC in scoring at 18.9 points per game, while junior Morgan Eye boasts a league-best 3.3 three-point field goals made per game.

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 319-161.

The Tigers are under the direction of fourth-year head coach Robin Pingeton, who, in 2013, guided Missouri back to the postseason for the first time since 2007 and knocked off three top-25 teams along the way. Prior to taking over in Columbia, Pingeton spent seven seasons at Illinois State (2003-10) after beginning her head coaching career at St. Ambrose, where she served for eight seasons (1992-2000). She holds an overall record of 393-217 over her 19 seasons as a head coach, including a 57-60 mark at Missouri.

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