Feb. 15, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The women's basketball team (11-15, 1-11 SEC) will host seventh-ranked Kentucky (21-4, 10-2 SEC) on Thursday in the Crimson Tide's first of two final home games of the 2011-12 season. Tipoff in Foster Auditorium is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT.
Thursday's game is the second meeting between the two teams this season, with the first occurring on January 29, in Lexington. The Wildcats came out on top in the game by an 82-68 decision. In the earlier game, junior Kyra Crosby and sophomore Jasmine Robinson led Alabama in scoring with 14 points apiece. Sophomore Khristin Lee followed closely with 12 points, in addition to six rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. The Tide trailed by as many as 25 in the game, but was able to pull within 11 late in the second half.
"We feel like we can play with Kentucky," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "We've been playing awful hard these last couple games, as we did in Lexington when we played Kentucky a few weeks ago. Since we have played them once already, we know what to look for and what to prepare for in practice as we get ready for Thursday's game."
In its last outing, Alabama dropped a 51-46 decision to LSU despite leading in all but 90 seconds of the game. The Tide caused 18 turnovers leading to 19 points. Junior Meghan Perkins and sophomore Shafontaye Myers led Alabama in scoring, with 10 points apiece. Freshman Aneesah Daniels grabbed seven boards to lead the Tide in rebounding, while junior Jessica Merritt grabbed six boards.
On the season, Alabama is led in scoring by Robinson (11.1 ppg), and in rebounding by Perkins (5.4 rpg).
Kentucky enters Thursday's game on a two-game losing streak having dropped games to LSU and Tennessee on the road. Thursday's game will be the Wildcats' third-straight away contest.
In Kentucky's loss at Tennessee on Monday night, freshman Bria Goss led three Wildcats in double figures with 15 points. Kentucky took two more shots than the Lady Volunteers, however Tennessee hit 59.0 percent of its attempts, while the Wildcats managed 33.3 percent.
On the season, junior A'dia Mathies leads Kentucky in scoring with an average of 15.0 points per game. She also leads the team in steals with 64 on the season. Mathies is followed by Goss, who chips in an average of 11.6 points per game. Sophomore Samarie Walker pulls down a team-best 6.1 rebounds per contest, while senior Amber Smith dishes out a team-high 3.0 assists per game.