Women's Basketball Travels to Auburn for Second Matchup of the Season

Meghan Perkins

Feb. 16, 2013

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team travels to Auburn Arena on Sunday, Feb. 17, to face the Auburn Tigers for the second time this season. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN2.

Sunday's game marks the 77th time in program history the Crimson Tide and Tigers will meet. Alabama broke the Tiger's two-game winning streak in the series at its last meeting on Jan. 24, outscoring Auburn, 61-51. Alabama's last win in Auburn came on Feb. 17, 2011, by a score of 59-51.

Alabama enters the contest with a 12-12 overall record and 2-9 standing in Southeastern Conference play. The Tide has not won a league game since its win over Auburn on Jan. 24, going 0-5 since then, which includes a 91-80 triple-overtime loss to Arkansas last time out. Sophomore Daisha Simmons led all scorers with 21 points in the loss in addition to nine rebounds, five assists and two steals against the Razorbacks.

For the season, Alabama has three players averaging double-figure points, led by Simmons' 12.8-point contribution. She is followed by juniors Shafontaye Myers (11.8 ppg) and Jasmine Robinson (10.3 ppg). Redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn leads a trio of Tide players averaging just over five rebounds per game with her 5.4 average. Following Horn are seniors Meghan Perkins (5.3 rpg) and Alicia Mitcham (5.2 rpg).

Auburn will head into its 25th game of the season with a record of 13-11 overall and 2-9 in conference action. The Tigers enter Sunday's contest having dropped eight straight SEC games after starting the conference season 2-1. During that eight game stretch, Auburn has averaged 55.9 points per game, eclipsing the 60-point mark once. The average margin of loss in the Tigers' last five games, including the loss at Alabama, has been only 6.6 points.

Sophomore Hasina Muhammad leads Auburn in scoring with an averaging 15.8 points per game while senior Blanche Alverson pulls down a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game. Senior Najat Ouardad, who was injured during the Tiger's last game, has not only led the team, but is also a conference leader in assists (6.4 apg) and steals (2.7 spg).

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