Dec. 3, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - After being on the road nearly all of November, women's basketball returns home for a four-game home stand, which begins on Wednesday against the University of Tennessee at Martin. The Crimson Tide and Skyhawks will tip off in Foster Auditorium at 7 p.m. CT.
All tickets for Alabama's game against UT Martin on Wednesday, December 4 will be on sale for $1.
Wednesday'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 UT Martin are meeting for the first time in series history on Wednesday.
Alabama moved to 3-4 after splitting games at the Saint Mary's College Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic last weekend. The Crimson Tide lost to the host Gaels, 86-76, before beating Cal State Fullerton, 69-54. Alabama is led in scoring by senior guard Shafontaye Myers, who averages 13.1 points per game. Junior point guard Daisha Simmons leads the Tide in nearly every other category including rebounds (6.1 rpg), assists (5.3 apg), steals (3.1 spg) and minutes (33.0 mpg).
SCOUTING UT MARTIN
UT Martin is 5-3 thus far on the season after dropping their most recent contest to Northern Kentucky in the Robert Morris Thanksgiving Classic. Senior duo Jasmine Newsome and Heather Butler are averaging 22.5 and 22.3 points per game, respectively, scoring 358 of the 622 total points scored by the Skyhawks roster. The pair has also dished out a combined 73 assists on the season. A standout performance in three games straight recently earned Butler the Adidas OVC Player of the Week, while Newsome was honored for her performance as a nominee for the 2013-14 Naismith Trophy.
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 312-153.
UT Martin Head Coach Kevin McMillan is in his fifth season with the Skyhawks, a program that is coming off its third consecutive Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship. During his stint at UT Martin, McMillan garnered OVC Coach of the Year honors in 2010 and has compiled an overall record of 79-57. Prior to joining the Skyhawks, McMillan was one of the most successful high school women's basketball coaches in Tennessee after collecting an overall record of 484-135 in 17 years.
MYERS EARNS All-TOURNAMENT TEAM HONORS
Senior guard Shafontaye Myers was named to the Saint Mary's College Hilton Concord All-Tournament Team after leading Alabama in scoring in both games of the tournament with 20 points against the Gaels and 15 points versus Cal State Fullerton. Myers, who comes of the bench for the Crimson Tide, is also Alabama's leader in points on the season, averaging 13.1 points per game and ranks No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference in three-point field goals made per game with an average of 3.0.
SIMMONS DOING A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING FOR THE TIDE
Junior point guard Daisha Simmons leads the SEC in steals, averaging 3.1 thefts per contest and is second in minutes played at 33.0 per game. She has been the Tide's most productive all-around player, averaging 11.4 points per game and team highs of 6.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists to go along with her 3.1 steals.
HEGSTETTER NAMED NOMINEE FOR ALLSTATE WBCA GOOD WORKS TEAM
Sophomore forward Nikki Hegstetter was named a nominee for the 2014 Allstate Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Team.. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service. Hegstetter is one of 84 nominees from across the nation, spanning NCAA Divisions I, II, III and the NAIA. She has, and continues to be involved in several aspects of the community, including Habitat for Humanity, Alabama women's basketball's 5th Grade Fastbreak program and the Summer Food & Fun program at the McDonald Hughes Center. Hegstetter has also spent time volunteering at local high school basketball camps, elementary schools, the DCH Manderson Cancer Center and Capstone Village Retirement Community.
HEGSTETTER BECOMING MORE PRODUCTIVE FOR ALABAMA INSIDE
Sophomore forward Nikki Hegstetter continues to improve inside for Alabama, which is evident in her production. After averaging only 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game last season, Hegstetter is now the Tide's third-leading scorer at 8.9 points per game and has 4.4 boards per contest. She also leads Alabama in blocks with 1.3 per game and is third in assists with 1.6 per outing.
Alabama hosts Houston on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Foster Auditorium at 2 p.m. CT. There are several promotions taking place including Three Point Packs where fans can purchase a ticket, hot dog and a drink for $10. All Big Al's Kids Club members will receive free admission and have the opportunity to form a pregame fan tunnel on the court. In addition, the first 250 kids 12 and under in attendance will receive a free hot dog and drink. Following the game, the women's basketball team will sign autographs.