Women's Basketball Tips off Season Against Jacksonville State on Sunday

Jessica Merritt

Nov. 10, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team will open its 2012-13 season on Sunday when the Crimson Tide hosts Jacksonville State in Foster Auditorium. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. CT.

Alabama and Jacksonville State will be meeting for the seventh time in program history but first in five years. The Tide owns a 6-0 record against the Gamecocks, including a 63-54 win the last time the two teams met on Dec. 22, 2007.

Both Alabama and Jacksonville State won their exhibition games on Monday, with the Tide downing Stillman, 94-39, and the Gamecocks beating Blue Mountain, 81-67.

Alabama, which went 12-19 last year, welcomes six new players and returns another eight from the 2011-12 squad. Among the newcomers is a pair of transfers from Rutgers in forward Briana Hutchen and point guard Daisha Simmons, forward Brittany Jack, who transferred from Samford and walked onto the team, as well as three true freshmen in guards Emily Davis and Jasmine Steele and forward Nikki Hegstetter. Also back in the lineup for Alabama is forward Kaneisha Horn, who sat out last season after having surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Four of last year's starters are back in guards Khristin Lee, Jessica Merritt, Meghan Perkins and Jasmine Robinson, as well as four other returnees in Celiscia Farmer, Alicia Mitcham, Shafontaye Myers and Erika Waters.

Jacksonville State welcomes back three starters, including its leading scorer Briana Morrow, who averaged 11.4 points per game a season ago, as well as Danielle Vaughn, who registered 9.2 rebounds per game last year.

Season tickets are currently on sale for $40. Single-game tickets are also on sale for $5 each. Tickets can be purchased on RollTide.com or by calling the Alabama Ticket Office at 1-877-TIDETIX (843-3849).

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The Last Meeting
Jacksonville State54
December 22, 2007
Tuscaloosa, Ala.