March 1, 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Alabama women’s basketball team (15-14) opens play at the 2016 SEC Tournament on Wednesday against LSU (9-20) in Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The 12th-seeded Crimson Tide and 13th-seeded Tigers will tip off at 10 a.m. CT on the SEC Network.
Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on the SEC Network and on SEC Network + on the WatchESPN App. Cara Capuano will be the play-by-play announcer, while Gail Goestenkors joins as the analyst and Steffi Sorensen on the sidelines. The game will also be available via the Crimson Tide Sports Network on Tide 99.1 locally, with Roger Hoover calling all the action. Fans will be able to follow along with live scoring on RollTide.com and game updates will be available on Twitter via @AlabamaWBB.
Alabama and LSU are meeting for the 56th time in program history on Wednesday in the series that dates back to 1977. The Tigers lead 37-18 overall, however the Crimson Tide picked up the win in the lone matchup between the two during the regular season in the Southeastern Conference opener on Jan. 3, 62-45. This will be the sixth meeting in a neutral site game and first since the 2014 SEC Tournament in Duluth, Ga., where LSU won, 78-65.
ALABAMA IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT
Alabama holds an overall record of 25-36 in Southeastern Conference tournament games. Its last win in the SEC Tournament came in 2013 when it knocked off Mississippi State in the first round, 63-36. The Crimson Tide has reached the finals of the tournament four times, but it has never won a conference title.
Alabama stands at 15-14 overall heading into the Southeastern Conference Tournament and finished the league season with a 4-12 mark. The Crimson Tide split games last week, winning 54-46, against Tennessee before dropping a 61-52 decision at No. 16/16 Mississippi State. The win over the Lady Volunteers was Alabama’s first since March 3, 1984, snapping a 42-game losing streak to UT. The victory was also the 700th in program history and made Alabama eligible for postseason play. Sophomore Hannah Cook continues to pace the Tide offense with an average of 12.2 points per game, while senior Nikki Hegstetter leads the team in rebounds with 6.4 boards per game.
HEGSTETTER, COOK AMONG ACTIVE SEC LEADERS
Senior Nikki Hegstetter ranks ninth amongst Southeastern Conference active block leaders with 87 for her career. She is also ninth on the active rebounding leaders list with 557. Sophomore Hannah comes in at No. 10 on the active three-point field goals made list with 114.
HEGSTETTER STANDS AT NO. 7 IN CAREER STARTS AT ALABAMA
Entering today’s game, senior Nikki Hegstetter has started 96 games overall in her career, ranking her seventh all time for most games started in a career at Alabama. She is three starts away for being tied for sixth-most starts in a career at Alabama with Cynthia McDougle (99; 1984-89).
LSU enters the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 9-20 overall record and finished 13th in the league with a 3-13 mark. The Tigers’ three wins in conference play happened to be against three of the same teams the Tide beat including Ole Miss, Georgia and Tennessee. LSU has played three neutral site contests this season and won one of those games.
The Tigers are led in scoring and rebounding by junior Alexis Hyder, who averages 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. As a team, LSU averages 53.8 points per game and 34.7 boards per contest.