Feb. 25, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The women's basketball team (12-17, 2-13 SEC) will close out the 2011-12 regular season on Sunday when it takes on the 24th-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores (20-8, 8-7 SEC) in Nashville in Memorial Gym. The game will air live on CSS beginning at 3 p.m. CT.
Sunday's game marks the 39th overall between the two schools and the first this season. The Commodores currently hold a 27-11 advantage in the series, which includes an 82-66 victory last season in Tuscaloosa.
Last time out, the Tide dropped an 81-40 decision at Auburn. Alabama finished the game with 29 turnovers of which Auburn scored 37 points off of. The Tigers shot 49.2 percent (30-for-61) from the floor and 55.6 percent (10-for-18) from three-point range, while the Tide was 31.8 percent (14-for-44) for the game.
Junior Jessica Merritt led Alabama in scoring with 15 points, while freshman Aneesah Daniels was the Tide's leader in rebounds with nine.
On the season, Alabama is led in scoring by sophomore Jasmine Robinson, who averages 11.2 points per game. She is followed by junior Meghan Perkins with 9.6 points per contest. Perkins is also the Tide's leader in rebounds with 5.4 boards per game, while Daniels follows closely behind with 5.1 rebounds per game.
Vanderbilt enters Sunday's game having dropped its last two contests by a combined 12 points, with both games on the road. The Commodores fell 70-61 at Kentucky on Monday night and followed that up with a 69-66 loss at LSU on Thursday.
In Thursday's game against the Lady Tigers, Vanderbilt was led in scoring by sophomore Christina Foggie, who had 17 points. Sophomore Jasmine Lister added 14 and junior Elan Brown contributed 12. As a team, the Commodores only had 21 rebounds, compared to 41 rebounds by LSU.
Vanderbilt currently has four players averaging double-digit points, led by Foggie's 17.9 point-per-game contribution. That mark is also good for No. 1 in scoring in the SEC. She is followed by Lister (12.0 ppg), junior Tiffany Clarke (11.9 ppg) and sophomore Stephanie Holzer (11.0 ppg). Clarke and Holzer lead the Commodores in rebounds with averages of 7.5 and 7.1 boards, respectively. Lister leads the team, as well as the SEC, in assists per game, handing out 5.4 per contest.