Tide Heads to Mississippi State for Midweek Matchup

Alicia Mitcham

Feb. 20, 2013

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team (12-13, 2-10 SEC) will play its first of two games this week on Thursday when it heads to Starkville, Miss., to take on the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (11-14, 3-9 SEC) at Humphrey Coliseum. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. CT.

Thursday's game marks the 50th installment in the series between Alabama and Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide owns a 34-15 advantage overall, however the Lady Bulldogs have claimed seven of the last eight meetings. Alabama's last win against Mississippi State came on Feb. 3, 2011, by a score of 66-61 in Starkville.

The Tide is looking for its first win since it beat Auburn, 61-51, on Jan. 24. Alabama has lost six straight since then. During that stretch, the Tide averaged only 59.5 points per game while shooting 33.1 percent from the floor. In its first six Southeastern Conference games, Alabama averaged 69.7 points per game and shot 38.3 percent overall and 35.7 percent from three-point range.

Last time out, the Tide dropped a 70-53 decision at Auburn, unable to overcome a poor shooting performance in the first half. Sophomore Daisha Simmons led Alabama in scoring with 19 points while senior Meghan Perkins added another 11 for the Tide in the loss. Simmons also collected a team-high six rebounds, four steals and two assists.

For the season, Simmons leads three Alabama players in double figures with 13.1 points. She is followed by juniors Shafontaye Myers (11.6 ppg) and Jasmine Robinson (10.0 ppg). Redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn averages a team-best 5.4 rebounds while senior Alicia Mitcham and Perkins add another 5.2 boards apiece.

Under first year head coach Vic Schaefer, the Lady Bulldogs have lost two straight heading into Thursday's game, however they had won three of four prior to that with victories over Mississippi, Arkansas and at Missouri. Last time out, Mississippi State shot 24.6 percent for the game, dropping a 63-41 decision at LSU.

The Lady Bulldogs are led on the season by sophomores Kendra Grant and Martha Alwal. Grant averages a team-high 12.2 points per game while Alwal chips in 12.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per contest.

Thursday's game can be listened to on the Crimson Tide Sports Network. In addition, fans can follow the team's official Twitter page @AlabamaWBB for in-game updates.