Nov. 20, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The women's basketball team (0-3) will play its first home game of the 2013-14 season on Thursday when it welcomes Wisconsin (3-0) to Tuscaloosa. The game is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. CT in Foster Auditorium.
Help Alabama as it strives to Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger. Donate two canned food items to receive free admission to Thursday night's game against Wisconsin.
Thursday's game can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network on Tide 99.1 FM with Mick Gillispie calling the action. Fans can also follow online via live video feed or live scoring on RollTide.com or on Twitter @AlabamaWBB.
Alabama and Wisconsin are meeting for the second time in program history. The last game between the Tide and Badgers took place in Madison on Dec. 1, 2012, where Wisconsin came away with the 69-50 win. The Badgers had their best offensive performance of the season to that point, hitting 43.9 percent of their shots, including six three pointers. Wisconsin also out-rebounded the Tide 59-38.
Alabama is 0-3 thus far on the season with losses at Chattanooga (70-82), at No. 15/12 Nebraska (48-62) and at No. 2/2 Duke (57-92). The Crimson Tide is averaging 58.3 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting. Alabama has two players averaging double-figure points through the three games with Shafontaye Myers and Daisha Simmons each contributing 13.0 points per contest. Simmons also leads the Tide in rebounds (6.3 rpg), assists (2.3. apg) and steals (3.3 spg).
Wisconsin enters Thursday night's game with a 3-0 record having beaten Drake (66-41), Milwaukee (85-60) and Northern Illinois (71-51). The Badgers are outscoring their opponents by an average of 23.3 points per game, shooting 40.8 percent from the floor. Wisconsin is led in scoring and rebounding by Michala Johnson, who averages a double-double of 16.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per outing. Dakota Whyte has dished out a team-high 4.3 assists per game while playing 32.3 minutes a night.
Kristy Curry enters 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 309-152.
Wisconsin is under the direction of Bobbie Kelsey, who is in her third season with the Badgers. In her time in Madison, Wisconsin has gone 24-39 overall and 8-23 in the Big Ten. Prior to taking over the Badgers, Kelsey spent four seasons as an assistant at Stanford (2007-11). Other assistant coaching stops include Virginia Tech (2004-07), Western Carolina (2002-04), Evansville (2000-02), Florida (1998-2000) and Boise State (1996-97).