Tide Heads to LSU for Final Road Contest of the Season
Feb. 27, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team will play its last road game of the season when it heads to Baton Rouge, La., to take on the LSU Tigers on Thursday. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Alabama (12-15, 2-12 SEC) and LSU (17-10, 8-6 SEC) will be meeting for the 51st time in program history and first this season. The Tigers own a 34-16 advantage in the series and have won the last 15 straight. The two teams last met on Feb. 12, 2012, in Tuscaloosa, where LSU came away with a 51-46 victory. Alabama's last win in Baton Rouge came on Jan. 29, 1998, by a score of 67-54.
The Tide enters Thursday's contest on an eight-game losing skid, with its most recent loss coming to Florida, 67-61, on Sunday afternoon. Junior Shafontaye Myers led all scorers with a game-high 15 points while senior Meghan Perkins added 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and two blocks.
For the season, Alabama is led in scoring by sophomore Daisha Simmons, who averages 12.4 points per game. She is followed by Myers (11.6 ppg) and junior Jasmine Robinson (9.9 ppg). Redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn averages a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game while Simmons dishes out a team-best 4.0 assists per game and 2.4 steals per contest.
LSU has won its last four games, two of which came against top-10 opponents. Most recently, the Tigers took down fifth-ranked Kentucky, 77-72. In the win, junior Jeanne Kenney recorded a game-high 22 points, going 5-5 from three-point range, while junior Theresa Plaisance added 20 points and 13 rebounds. For the game, LSU shot 52.9 percent from the floor and 70.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Plaisance leads the team with an average of 17.8 points per game in addition to 8.1 rebounds per game and 2.9 blocks per contest. As a team, the Tigers lead the Southeastern Conference in blocked shots with 5.3 per game. LSU is also one of the more consistent shooting teams, hitting 43.4 percent of its attempts.
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.