Women's Basketball Opens up the Season with Tennessee State

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Ericka Russell is one of four returning starters from a season ago.
ROLLTIDEDOTCOM
Ericka Russell is one of four returning starters from a season ago.
ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

Nov. 11, 2010

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team, under the direction of third-year head coach Wendell Hudson, begins the 2010-11 regular season Friday by hosting Tennessee State. The Crimson Tide and Lady Tigers will tip off at 5 p.m. CT in Coleman Coliseum.

"The big thing that we're trying to do, especially with these early season games, is to concentrate on our team," Hudson said. "We have a style of up-tempo play that we want to use regardless of who our opponent is. We're going to scout and look at Tennessee State as a team, but what we really want to do is play the way we're going to play."

This meeting between Alabama and Tennessee State will be the seventh time the two schools have faced each other. The Tide has won all six previous meetings by an average of 42 points with the last taking place on March 4, 1995.

Alabama looks to improve on last season with a veteran starting lineup and a highly regarded recruiting class. Amongst the Tide's returnees is senior Tierney Jenkins, who collected an SEC-best 11 double-doubles during the 2009-10 season increasing her collegiate total to 23. Last season, Jenkins passed Laura Vaughn for eighth all-time on the career rebounding list for Alabama. Also returning is junior Ericka Russell who had a breakout game last season against Georgia on March 4, by scoring 30 points, which is the most in program history by a sophomore. The Tide's recruiting class was ranked ninth in the nation according to ESPNU HoopGurlz and features the No. 5 overall recruit Kaneisha Horn. Alabama defeated the University of Alabama in Huntsville 103-58 in the Tide's only exhibition game this season.

Tennessee State, guided by seventh-season head coach Tracee Wells, is led by senior Meredith Stafford. The Tigers are a relatively young team that features three sophomores and one freshman in its starting lineup. The 2009-10 squad recorded an overall record of 10-18 and a 7-11 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference. Tennessee State recently played an en exhibition game versus Bluefield College winning 76-49. Stafford scored 18 points and had six assists alongside sophomore Jasmin Shuler, who knocked in 20 points.

Season tickets for the regular season are on sale for $40 for the general public and $25 for the staff and faculty at the University of Alabama. Single-game tickets are on sale at the cost of $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at RollTide.com or by calling the Alabama Ticket Office at 1.977.TIDETIX (843.3849).