Feb. 12, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team (11-12, 4-6 SEC) will play its second-straight road game on Thursday, Feb. 13, when it takes on the Arkansas Razorbacks (16-8, 3-8 SEC) in Bud Walton Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT.
Thursday's game can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network on 99.1 The Tide with Roger Hoover calling the action. Fans can also follow online via live video feed or live scoring on RollTide.com or on Twitter @AlabamaWBB.
POWER OF PINK/PLAY 4KAY WEEK
Alabama's Power of Pink/DCH Breast Cancer Fund 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 Arkansas are meeting for the 32nd time overall in the series that the Razorbacks own a 17-14 advantage in. In last year's meeting, Arkansas came away with the 91-80 triple-overtime victory in Tuscaloosa, while the Crimson Tide's last win against the Razorbacks game on Feb. 27, 2011 in Fayetteville, 92-79.
Alabama moved to 11-12 overall and 4-6 in the Southeastern Conference with a 59-56 victory at Missouri last week. The 4-6 record in conference for the Crimson Tide is its best mark through the first 10 league games since the 2004-05 season when it also had four wins. Junior Sharin Rivers had a career-high 18 points to lead Alabama offensively, while junior Briana Hutchen had a game-best 13 rebounds in the win. Freshman Ashley Williams and sophomore Nikki Hegstetter also finished in double figures with 12 points and 10 points, respectively. As a team, the Tide was solid on defense, holding the Tigers to just five three-pointers, which is nearly five less than they average.
Arkansas enters Thursday's game with a 16-8 overall mark and a 3-8 record in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks have lost four of their last five games, including Sunday's contest at No. 6/7 South Carolina, 67-49. Arkansas continues to lead the SEC in turnover margin as freshman Jessica Jackson leads the Razorbacks and ranks third in the SEC with 17.9 points per game. Jackson ranks 13th in the league in rebounding while junior Calli Berna is third in the SEC in assists per game this week. Jackson ranks sixth in the conference in free throw percentage, Berna tied for eighth in steals, third in assist/turnover ratio and second in minutes played. Jackson is fourth in defensive rebounds, tied for 13th in blocked shots and 10th in three-pointers made.
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 320-161.
Arkansas is under the direction of seventh-year head coach Tom Collen. Collen guided the 2011-12 Razorbacks to a program-best eight consecutive SEC wins, a 10-win season and a tie for fourth place in the final standings. He was voted as the SEC Coach of the Year, the first ever Arkansas woman's coach and just the second Razorback basketball coach, ever selected. He owns a 345-157 mark in his 16 seasons as head coach, including a 128-87 record at Arkansas.
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