Crimson Tide Hosts No. 23 Tigers in Final Game of the Regular Season

March 1, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team (13-15, 6-9 SEC) hosts No. 23 LSU (18-10, 7-8 SEC) in the final regular season game of the 2013-14 season on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT in Foster Auditorium. The game will air live on SEC TV with Cara Capuano and Nell Fortner calling the action.

Alabama's lone senior, Shafontaye Myers, will be recognized before Sunday's game as it will be her final time playing at Foster Auditorium. Myers, who came to The Capstone in 2010 after ranking 13th in the nation in scoring as a high school senior, will go down as one of the top three-point shooters in program history, where she currently ranks fifth with 207. She also ranks second in the Southeastern Conference and 31st in the nation in three-pointers per game this season, averaging just shy of three threes a game. The Newbern, Ala. native has increased her scoring every season and is just 12 points away from hitting 1,000 for her career. Earlier this season, Myers scored a career-high 34 points in the win over Troy and has recorded double-figure points in 21 games this season and 46 games throughout her four years. Myers has been named to two all-tournament teams, including the 2012 Bank of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine Invitational and the 2013 Saint Mary's College Hilton Concord Classic.

Sunday's game can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network and in Tuscaloosa on 99.1 The Tide with Rich Robinson calling the action. Fans can also follow online via live video feed or live scoring on or on Twitter @AlabamaWBB.

The Crimson Tide and Tigers are meeting for the 52nd time in the series on Sunday. LSU leads 35-16 overall and has won the last 16 straight. Alabama's last win over LSU came on Feb. 24, 2002 by a score of 82-73 in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama had its two-game winning streak snapped on Thursday after falling 70-65 in double overtime at Auburn. The Crimson Tide led for the better part of regulation, but the Tigers would shoot 42.9 percent in the second half to get back in the game. Alabama was led offensively by freshman Ashley Williams, who had a season-high tying 22 points in addition to six rebounds and two steals, while junior Daisha Simmons contributed 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists one block and one steal. Over the last five games, Williams is leading the team with an average of 17.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while Simmons adds 15.0 points and 6.6 boards per contest.

LSU has lost its last five-straight league games, four of which were decided by five points or less. Last time out, the Tigers dropped a 72-67 decision to No. 5/10 Tennessee in Baton Rouge. LSU trailed by as many as 21 in the game, but came back, outscoring the Lady Volunteers 46-30 in the second half. Senior Jeanne Kenney had a team-high 21 points, while senior Theresa Plaisance added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers. Plaisance and Kenney lead the team on the season in scoring as well with averages of 15.2 points and 11.6 points per game, respectively.

Kristy Curry is in her first season as head coach on the Alabama sidelines after spending seven seasons in the same position at Texas Tech (2006-13). Prior to her stint in Lubbock, she spent seven years as head coach of the Purdue Boilermakers (1999-2006). Curry's teams have made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the championship game in 2001, in addition to winning two Big Ten regular season titles and compiling nine 20-win seasons. She holds an overall coaching record of 322-164.

The Tigers are under the direction of Nikki Caldwell, who is in her third season at LSU and sixth season overall. Caldwell has led LSU to two NCAA Tournament appearances, a Sweet 16 and a 63-33 record. She has a 540-134 record as a player, graduate assistant, assistant coach and head coach dating back to her freshman season of 1990-91 at Tennessee.

Aside from No. 1 (South Carolina) and No. 14 (Ole Miss), no other seed has been locked up for the upcoming Southeastern Conference tournament. In fact, only one game separates sixth through 11th place as three teams are tied with a 7-8 SEC record, while another three, including Alabama, stand at 6-9. If the season were to end today, the Crimson Tide would be the No. 9 seed. Below is a look at how the standings look entering Sunday's final game.

South Carolina     14-1
Tennessee 12-3
Texas A&M 12-3
Kentucky 9-6
Florida 8-7
Vanderbilt 7-8
LSU 7-8
Auburn 7-8
Missouri 6-9
Georgia 6-9
Mississippi State 5-10
Arkansas 5-10
Ole Miss 1-14


Ashley Williams is one of only two freshmen in the Southeastern Conference, joining South Carolina's Alaina Coates, to rank in the top 25 in scoring and top 20 in rebounding in all games. Williams is currently at No. 22 in points, one spot higher than Coates, in points with 12.6 per game, while standing at No. 18 in rebounds (6.4 rpg). Her numbers go up even more in league play as she ranks 15th in scoring against SEC opponents with 13.8 points per game and 14th in rebounding with 6.7 boards per contest.

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