Women's Basketball Closes out Regular Season at Home Against Missouri

Jessica Merritt

March 2, 2013

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team will play its final game of the regular season when it hosts Missouri on Sunday. The game will tip at 2 p.m. CT in Foster Auditorium.

With it being the last game in Tuscaloosa, Jessica Merritt and Meghan Perkins will be recognized in the team's Senior Day festivities in a pregame ceremony.

Alabama (12-16, 2-13 SEC) and Missouri (16-13, 5-10 SEC) are meeting for only the fourth time in series history and first as Southeastern Conference opponents. The Tigers lead the series 2-1, including a 78-70 victory the last time the two teams met on Nov. 24, 2006. The three games played between Alabama and Missouri have been decided by an average of 3.6 points. The Crimson Tide's lone win in the series came on March 13, 2002, 68-67, in Columbia, Mo.

Alabama enters Sunday's game having dropped its last nine games, dating back to Jan. 24. Throughout that stretch, the Tide has averaged 56.8 points per game. Prior to that, Alabama was averaging 70.5 points per contest.

Last time out, the Tide fell, 76-42, at LSU, shooting 28.6 percent for the game. Alabama also committed 21 fouls, resulting in 26 made free throws for the Tigers. Sophomore Daisha Simmons led the Tide in scoring with 10 points while junior Jasmine Robinson had a team-high seven rebounds and four assists.

Simmons continues to lead Alabama in several categories for the season, including scoring (12.3 ppg), assists (3.9 apg) and steals (2.3 spg), while redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn collects a team-high 5.5 rebounds for the Tide.

Missouri snapped a five-game losing skid on Thursday with a win over 14th-ranked South Carolina at home, 65-58. In the Tigers' victory over the Gamecocks, junior Bri Kulas went off for 26 points, including 10 from the free throw line, 12 rebounds and a pair of assists.

Kulas leads the team in scoring and rebounds for the season as well with averages of 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The Tigers also boast the top three-point shooter in the league in sophomore Morgan Eye, who averages 3.6 threes per game.

As a team, Missouri also leads the SEC in three-pointers per game with 8.3 made. In addition, the Tigers come in at No. 1 in defensive rebound percentage at 70.4 percent.

Sunday'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.