Women's Basketball Hosts Texas A&M for Power of Pink/Play 4Kay

Feb. 14, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The women’s basketball team (11-13, 4-7 SEC) return home to take on 14th-ranked Texas A&M (19-6, 9-2 SEC) on Sunday, Feb. 16. The game will tip off at Noon CT in Foster Auditorium and will air live on Fox Sports SportSouth.

Sunday’s game will serve as the Tide’s annual Power of Pink/Play 4Kay game, helping to raise awareness for breast cancer. There will be a pink T-shirt and shaker giveaway and recognition of breast cancer survivors in game. In addition, the first 250 kids 12 and under in attendance will receive a free hot dog and drink. Following the game, the women’s basketball team will sign autographs on the court.

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/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 was a part of both Missouri’s and Arkansas’ Play 4Kay games on Sunday, Feb. 9, and Thursday, Feb. 13, respectively, and will now hold 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 Texas A&M are meeting for only the third time in program history and first in Tuscaloosa. The Aggies won the previous two meetings, most recently on Jan. 5, 2014, by a score of 73-58 in College Station.

Alabama is coming off a 75-55 loss to Arkansas on Thursday night in Fayetteville. Prior to that, the Crimson Tide had won three of its last five games, including victories over No. 9/8 Kentucky, Georgia and Missouri. Alabama currently has three players averaging double figures on the season, led by senior Shafontaye Myers with 14.5 points per game. She is followed by junior Daisha Simmons (13.4 ppg) and freshman Ashley Williams (11.5 ppg). Williams also leads the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and shooting percentage (.520), while Simmons is the team’s leader in assists (4.3 rpg) and steals (1.8 spg).

Texas A&M has won its last two straight league contests, most recently a 78-73 overtime victory against Georgia on Thursday. The Aggies are also winners of 12 of their last 14 games, including four against ranked opponents. As a team, Texas A&M ranks 18th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 57.3 points per game. The Aggies are led in scoring by sophomore Courtney Walker, who averages 14.3 points per game. She is followed by sophomore Courtney Williams at 13.1 points per game, while senior Karla Gilbert adds 10.5 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds per contest.

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 320-162.

The Aggies are led by 11th year head coach Gary Blair, who guided Texas A&M to the NCAA National Championship in 2011. In the 19 NCAA tournament appearances, Blair’s teams have advanced to the NCAA Final Four twice, the Elite Eight three times and the Sweet 16 on nine occasions. He has coached 22 20-win teams and has 30 NCAA postseason victories. Prior to arriving in College Station, Blair was the head coach at Arkansas (1993-2003). He also spent time as head coach at Stephen F. Austin (1985-93) and was an assistant at Louisiana Tech from 1980-85. Blair is 664-269 in his 28-year head coaching career and 256-106 in 11 seasons as Texas A&M.

Alabama head coach Kristy Curry spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas A&M during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons prior to heading back to her home state to be an assistant under Hall of Famer Leon Barmore at Louisiana Tech. Assistant coach Kelly Curry is also a 1990 graduate of Texas A&M University.

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