Feb. 11, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The women's basketball team (11-14, 1-10 SEC) will host LSU (16-8, 6-5 SEC) on Sunday at Foster Auditorium for the Crimson Tide's annual Power of Pink game, brought to you by Tuscaloosa Toyota, in helping to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The game will air on Comcast Sports South beginning at 1 p.m. CT.
"I think we have gotten better as a basketball team since the first time we played LSU," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "We have a better idea of what to expect the second time around as well. If we can make some of those shots we missed last time against them, we will be in good shape."
Several giveaways will be available at the game including 500 pink shirts, an iPad, a television, three iPods and more. In addition to it being Power of Pink, it is also Alumni Day, as the Tide welcomes back several former players and staff members that will be recognized at halftime.
Sunday's game marks the 50th in the series between Alabama and LSU that began in 1977. The Lady Tigers have won the last 14 meetings against the Tide. Alabama's last victory against LSU came on February 24, 2002, by a score of 82-73 in Tuscaloosa.
Sunday's game will be the second between Alabama and LSU this season with the first going in the Lady Tigers' favor, 84-40, in Baton Rouge. Alabama finished the game 15.2 percent (10-for-66) from the floor, while the Lady Tigers were 60.4 percent on their attempts (32-for-53).
Last time out, the Tide picked up its first SEC win of the season, topping Mississippi in Oxford, 52-47. The victory marked Alabama's first over the Rebels on the road since the 2002-03 season. Junior Jessica Merritt led a balanced Alabama offensive attack with 10 points. She was followed by sophomore Khristin Lee with nine points and junior Meghan Perkins and sophomores Shafontaye Myers and Jasmine Robinson, who had eight points apiece. Both Perkins and junior Kyra Crosby had a team-leading seven rebounds.
For the game, the Tide out-rebounded the Rebels 48-40, which included 25 offensive boards for Alabama. The Tide also had a season-high 16 steals in the win.
LSU enters Sunday's contest on a two-game winning streak having picked up victories at home against No. 5 Kentucky and Mississippi State. In their game Thursday, the Lady Tigers were able to edge the Lady Bulldogs, 53-49, behind the efforts of a 17-point-performance from senior LaSondra Barrett. Barrett was stellar from the free throw line for LSU, hitting 11 of her 13 attempts at the stripe.
On the season, Barrett leads the Lady Tigers in scoring and rebounds with averages of 12.0 and 6.7, respectively. She has also collected a team-high 37 steals and leads the team in three-pointers with 19 (42.2 percent from beyond the arc).