Dec. 19, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team (5-5) will play its final non-conference home game of the season on Friday when it hosts Troy (4-5) at Foster Auditorium. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT.
Fans will have the opportunity to buy one ticket, and get another free as part of Facebook Fan Fridays. Visit Facebook.com/AlabamaWBB, click on the game promotion photo and enter "WBBFFF" as your event promo code to receive the discount.
Friday'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 Troy are meeting for the 20th time in program history on Friday and first in Tuscaloosa since 2001. The Crimson Tide and Trojans met last season in Troy where Alabama came out on top, 80-71.
Alabama moved to 5-5 after a win over Jacksonville last time out. Four players finished in double figures, led by Shafontaye Myers with a season-high tying 20 points, 12 of which came from three-point range. She was followed by Ashley Williams with 15, Daisha Simmons, with 13 and Khadijah Carter with 10. Williams also pulled down a career-best and game-high nine rebounds in the victory. For the game, the Tide shot 54.9 percent (28-51) from the floor, its highest percentage of the season, including 45.5 percent (5-11) from three-point range. Myers continues to lead Alabama in scoring average for the year at 13.1 points per game, while Simmons leads nearly every other category including rebounds (5.9), assists (4.7), steals (2.8) and minutes (33.2), in addition to 11.7 points and 1.0 blocks per game.
Troy is playing its second-straight Southeastern Conference opponent on Friday, after facing No. 3/3 Tennessee in Knoxville on Dec. 14. In the 103-64 loss to the Lady Volunteers, the Trojans forced 28 turnovers, but were out-rebounded by Tennessee, 74-29. As a team, the Trojans rank 23rd in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 82.9 points per game, large in part due to Joanna Harden. Harden, the nation's No. 6 scorer, averages 25.2 points per game and has already had two 40-plus point performances this season, including a career-high 52 against Alabama-Huntsville. Troy is led in rebounds by Brooke Bowie, with 7.2 boards per game, while Ashley Beverly-Kelly has a team-best 3.7 assists per contest.
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 314-154.
Troy is under the direction of second-year head coach Chanda Rigby. In her first season, the Trojans added five more wins than the year prior, posting a 7-24 overall record. Rigby took over at Troy after seven seasons as the head coach at Pensacola State, where she helped the Pirates win a state championship and make an appearance in the NJCAA Final Four. With over 20 years of head coaching experience, she has an overall record of 425-178 at the high school and collegiate levels, including an 11-29 at the NCAA Division I level.
MYERS ONE OF ALABAMA'S BEST THREE-POINT SHOOTERS OF ALL-TIME
Senior guard Shafontaye Myers is second in the Southeastern Conference and tied for 32nd in the nation in three-point field goals made per game, averaging 3.0 threes a contest. For her career, Myers is eighth in the Alabama career record books with 157 made and is two away from passing Nicole Carruth (1996-2001: 158) for seventh place.
WILLIAMS MAKING A NAME FOR HERSELF
Freshman Ashley Williams, who made the first start of her career on against UT Martin on Dec. 4, led the Crimson Tide with a career-high tying 18 points. The Covington, Ga. native has scored in double figures five times in 10 appearances thus far. Williams is third on the team in scoring, averaging 8.9 points per game, and is second in rebounds with 5.0 boards per outing.
SIMMONS DOES IT ALL
Junior point guard Daisha Simmons is the only player to be ranked in the Southeastern Conference in scoring (No. 26 - 11.7 ppg), assists (No. 7 - 4.7 apg), blocks (No. 14 - 1.0 bpg) and steals (No. 2 - 2.8 spg). She is also third in minutes per game, averaging 33.2 per game.
SIMMONS EARNS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN DECEMBER
Junior point guard Daisha Simmons was one of 30 student-athletes to receive their degree during winter commencement at Alabama on Dec. 14. Simmons, who earned her degree in management, is planning to begin work on her master's degree in marketing, in the summer. She will be the second Crimson Tide women's basketball player in the last two years to finish her undergraduate degree and start a master's at UA, joining Ericka Russell.
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 fourth-leading scorer at 7.4 points per game and has 4.8 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 knocked down 11 three-point field goals on Nov. 29, at Saint Mary's, marking the first time the Crimson Tide had over 10 since Feb. 1, 2009, when it had 11 at Vanderbilt. Shafontaye Myers led the way with five of the 11, while Emily Davis and Daisha Simmons added two apiece. Khadijah Carter and Sharin Rivers chipped in one each.
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 typically comes off the bench for the Crimson Tide, is also Alabama's leader in points on the season, averaging 12.3 points per game and ranks No. 2 in the Southeastern Conference in three-point field goals made per game with an average of 2.9.
Alabama heads to Charlottesville, Va., for the Cavalier Classic, Dec. 28-29. The Crimson Tide is slated to take on Princeton in its first game at 11 a.m. CT on Dec. 28, before facing either Virginia or Coppin State on Dec. 29.