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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - RollTide.com will once again be the signing day home for Alabama football in 2016, featuring real-time official announcements of official letters of intent and a live signing day show from on TideTv.

 
Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban will then hold his signing day press conference at 4 p.m. (CST) in the Naylor Stone media room, which will also be carried live (free) on RollTide.com.

 

The "Big Board" will go live on TideTV at 7 a.m. (CST) with all-day coverage of up-to-the minute announcements of official letters of intent. Alabama's live signing day show goes on the air at RollTide.com from 8-10 a.m. with Chris Stewart, Hannah Chalker and Christopher England. The live show will include interviews with the early enrollees, signee highlights and more. The show can also be seen on SECN+.

 

RollTide.com will also have a signing day roster, biographies and highlight videos of each signee as they become official. If you are following on social media, get up-to-the-minutes news on signing day by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram with the hashtag #BamaNSD16.



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Feb. 1, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
RollTide.com will once again be the signing day home for Alabama football in 2016, featuring real-time official announcements of official letters of intent and a live signing day show from on TideTv.

 
Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban will then hold his signing day press conference at 4 p.m. (CST) in the Naylor Stone media room, which will also be carried live (free) on RollTide.com.

 

The “Big Board” will go live on TideTV at 7 a.m. (CST) with all-day coverage of up-to-the minute announcements of official letters of intent. Alabama’s live signing day show goes on the air at RollTide.com from 8-10 a.m. with Chris Stewart, Hannah Chalker and Christopher England. The live show will include interviews with the early enrollees, signee highlights and more. The show can also be seen on SECN+.

 

RollTide.com will also have a signing day roster, biographies and highlight videos of each signee as they become official. If you are following on social media, get up-to-the-minutes news on signing day by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram with the hashtag #BamaNSD16.




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Alabama Men's Basketball set to Square Off with Rival Mississippi State on Tuesday
Tide and Bulldogs will meet in Starkville, Miss., for first of two meetings this season
Feb. 1, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama will travel to Mississippi State on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. CT. It will mark the first of two meetings between the teams in a span of 18 days, as MSU plays in Tuscaloosa on Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. CT.

Alabama has claimed five consecutive wins over Mississippi State entering Tuesday's contest. It is the Tide's longest winning streak in the series since winning six straight games from 1985-87. In addition, Alabama has won two straight and three of the last four games at Humphrey Coliseum.

Alabama dropped a 78-64 decision at South Carolina last Saturday night. Senior Retin Obasohan collected a game-high 23 points, while junior Shannon Hale added 16 in the losing effort. Obasohan now has a team-leading nine games of 20 or more points, including four straight and seven in the Tide's last night games.

Tuesday's game will air on SEC Network as Tom Hart (play-by-play) and John Pelphrey (analyst) will be on the call. The contest will also be available via the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart and Bryan Passink calling all the action. Fans will be able to follow along on gametracker (accessed through RollTide.com), and game updates will be available on Twitter via @AlabamaMBB.

OPENING TIP

  • Senior guard Retin Obasohan has scored 907 career points and is 93 points shy of becoming the 49th player in Alabama men's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Over his last four games, Obasohan is averaging, 23.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting 54.4 percent from the floor and 50 percent (8-of-16) from beyond the arc.
    • During SEC play, sophomore forward Riley Norris leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game and 44.4 (16-of-36) shooting from beyond the arc. He also is averaging 10.1 points and 1.3 steals per game during conference play.
    • Junior forward Shannon Hale has slowly been returning to form since missing three games due to a medical condition. In his first four games back (Jacksonville State, Norfolk State, Ole Miss and Kentucky), Hale averaged just 4.0 points and 1.7 rebounds a game. Over his last five games, the Johnson City, Tenn., native is averaging 13.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
    • Alabama comes into its game at Mississippi State owning a strength of schedule of No. 11 in the nation and an RPI of No. 47, according to ESPN.com (through games of Feb. 1). The website lists the Tide with a record of 3-4 against teams ranked among the top 50 RPI, giving UA the second-most top-50 wins in the SEC (Texas A&M has five).
    • Alabama has played the toughest schedule to start SEC play in terms of opponents winning percentage. The Tide's competition owns a combined winning percentage of .688 (110-50) coming into Tuesday's league games. That number is far ahead of Mississippi State (.655, 105-56) and Missouri (.649, 101-54), who rank second and third, respectively, in league strength of schedule.
    • Alabama has played five ranked opponents this season, going 3-2 in such contests. In addition, the Tide has faced an additional three opponents who were receiving votes to be ranked at the time they played (Dayton, Oregon and at South Carolina), making eight of its 20 opponents this season to be ranked or receiving votes in the AP top 25 poll at the time the game was played.
    • The Crimson Tide return to the friendly confines of Coleman Coliseum when it squares off against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. CT. It will be the lone meeting during the regular season between the two teams.
    • Tickets, mini-packs and single-game tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online at RollTide.com/Tickets or by calling 1-877-TIDETIX (843-3849). Fans can also purchase tickets in advance at the Alabama Ticket Office, located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum.
    • For all the latest information on the team, follow AlabamaMBB on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.

    SCOUTING ALABAMA

  • Alabama (11-9, 2-6 SEC) ends a two-game road trip on Tuesday night at Mississippi State. After going 4-2 in non-conference play on the road, the Tide is looking for its first road win in SEC play this season (0-4).
  • Senior guard Retin Obasohan leads Alabama in scoring (15.6 ppg), steals (1.4) and minutes (31.9 mpg) through the Tide's 20 contests. The Antwerp, Belgium, native currently ranks 15th in the SEC in scoring and ninth in minutes per game entering Tuesday's contest.
  • Junior forward Shannon Hale and graduate transfer Arthur Edwards rank second and third on this year's team in scoring average at 11.3 ppg and 9.8 ppg, respectively. Hale comes into the Mississippi State contest averaging 13.8 points and 3.8 rebounds a game over his last five contests. Meanwhile, Edwards leads Alabama and ranks fourth in the SEC in three-point field goal percentage at 41.7 percent (43-of-103) for the year and has reached double figures in 10 of his last 15 contests.
  • Sophomore Riley Norris has stepped up his play during the SEC season. The Albertville, Ala., native is leading the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and three-point field goal percentage (.444), while ranking third in scoring (10.1 ppg) during conference play.
  • As a team, Alabama is being outscored by the competition for the season by 0.4 points per game (66.7-67.1). The Tide comes into Tuesday's contest ranked among the top defensive teams in the SEC. Entering the game, Alabama ranks fourth in scoring defense (67.1) and is sixth in field goal percentage defense (.398), three-point field goal percentage defense (.337) and blocked shots (5.1 bpg). Offensively, the Tide is fourth in three-pointers made per game (7.6).
  • ALABAMA FALLS AT SOUTH CAROLINA, 78-64

  • The Alabama men's basketball team got into foul trouble early at South Carolina and lost on the road, 78-64, on Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd at Colonial Life Arena. Senior guard Retin Obasohan, who was one of four Crimson Tide players to foul out of the contest, finished with a game-high 23 points in the losing effort.
  • Alabama struggled early, shooting just 25 percent from the field and 23 percent from deep in the first half. The Tide did briefly take the lead at 20-19, but South Carolina finished the half on a 16-6 run over the last 8:32. At the half, the Tide trailed, 35-26, and had turned the ball over nine times.
  • Out of the break, the Tide pulled within five points (45-40), but the Gamecocks used a 9-2 run to open up a 12-point lead. Seconds later, freshman Donta Hall would be the first Alabama player to foul out of the contest. Another Gamecocks run pushed the score to 60-45 with 8:53 to play.
  • The Tide never surrendered as Obasohan sparked a 16-7 Alabama run, while scoring 14 straight points for the Tide along the way. The run pulled Alabama to within six points, trailing 67-61 with 4:23 to play.
  • However, South Carolina's Michael Carrera hit a three pointer which began a 7-0 run to take a 74-61 lead and seal their victory.
  • In addition to Obasohan's team-leading ninth game of 20 or more points, Shannon Hale added 16 and Riley Norris had 11. Obasohan also added team highs of six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
  • COACH Avery Johnson'S THOUGHTS: "It was a tough night for us. We were fighting uphill all game. They were the aggressor and they got what they wanted. We talked about rebounding and they got 20 offensive rebounds. They are a great defensive team, so give them credit. It was payback time for them, they wanted to defend their home court. Our guys didn't quit and I'm proud of them. We ended up at 1-1 against South Carolina which was probably unexpected."
  • SOUTH CAROLINA LEFTOVERS

  • Alabama had four players foul out of the same game, which marked the most Tide players to foul out of a single game since an overtime loss at Arkansas on Jan. 22, 2015.
  • With the loss, Alabama and South Carolina have split its season series. The Tide defeated then-No. 19 South Carolina 73-50 back on Jan. 13.
  • The Tide still leads the all-time series 26-16, however, Alabama falls to 5-13 in all-time games played at South Carolina. UA has now dropped four straight and seven of the last eight games in Columbia, S.C. The last time an Alabama team won in Colonial Life Arena came on March 3, 2010.
  • The Tide, which entered the contest leading the Southeastern Conference with the fewest fouls against, was whistled for a season-high 30 fouls on the night.
  • Alabama was outscored from the charity stripe 28-18 as the Gamecocks took advantage of 46 free throw attempts, compared to 25 for Alabama.
  • UA finished the game with 16 turnovers, nine of which came off of South Carolina steals. That resulted in the Gamecocks outscoring the Tide, 14-4, in points off turnovers.
  • RETIN'S RISING

  • Retin Obasohan has recorded nine 20-point games this season - all coming over the Tide's last 14 contests, including four consecutive and seven over Alabama's last nine contests.
  • The highlight over the stretch was Obasohan going for a career-high 27 points at Auburn on Jan. 19. The senior guard connected on 8-of-17 shots from the floor, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and hit 8-of-10 foul shots against the Tigers.
  • Obasohan currently leads the team in scoring (15.6 ppg), steals (28), minutes (31.9), field goals made (104) and attempted (227) and free throws made (74) and attempted (105), while ranking second in assists (2.1 apg). He also leads the team with 14 double-figure scoring games.
  • Below is a breakdown of Obasohan's last 14 games compared to his first six contests this season.
  • GAMES                  PPG        RPG        APG        FG%       3FG%    MPG

    First Six Games    11.7        1.5          1.7          .397        .333        28.0

    Last 14 Games     17.2        4.5          2.6          .479        .386        34.0

    ANOTHER ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN?

    • Retin Obasohan is trying to follow in the footsteps of former standout Levi Randolph when it comes to off the court awards. Randolph became the program's first Academic All-American last year when he earned second team accolades and Obasohan is looking to make it two in two years for the Tide.
    • Obasohan, who speaks four languages - English, Dutch, French and Nigerian - and leads the Tide's efforts in the community as a two-time SEC Community Service award honoree, is a nominee for the 2016 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Team. The award recognizes players at all levels of college basketball who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement while exhibiting "impeccable leadership qualities on and off the court."
    • The redshirt senior guard earned his undergraduate degree in finance in May of 2015, graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.30. He currently boasts a 4.0 GPA after two semesters in grad school as he pursues his master's degree in marketing.

    STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE

  • Coming into Tuesday night's contest, Alabama owns an RPI of No. 50 in the nation with a No. 11 overall strength of schedule, according to ESPN.com (through games of Jan. 30). The Tide ranks fifth in the SEC in terms of RPI and Alabama is one of eight teams in the league to boast of a top-80 RPI.
  • Eight of the Tide's 20 contests on the season have been played against teams either ranked in the Associated Press top 25 or receiving votes at the time the game was played. The Tide has faced five top-25 teams (then-No. 23 Xavier, then-20 Wichita State, then-No. 17 Notre Dame and then-No. 9 Kentucky and then-No. 19 South Carolina) and an additional three teams (Dayton, Oregon and at South Carolina) who were receiving votes to be ranked at the time of the game.
  • Five of Alabama's nine losses have been to teams ranked in the top-30 of ESPN.com's latest RPI rankings (through games of Jan. 27), while none of its losses have come to a team with a RPI outside the top 100. Seven of its nine losses have come away from Coleman Coliseum.
  • Alabama's schedule hasn't gotten any easier during conference play. The Tide's eight opponents have a combined record of 110-50 (.688). That number leads all SEC schools with Mississippi State (105-56/.655) and Missouri (101-54/.649) far behind in second and third place, respectively.

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    Alabama Men’s Basketball set to Square Off with Rival Mississippi State on Tuesday


    Feb. 1, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama will travel to Mississippi State on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. CT. It will mark the first of two meetings between the teams in a span of 18 days, as MSU plays in Tuscaloosa on Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. CT.

    Alabama has claimed five consecutive wins over Mississippi State entering Tuesday’s contest. It is the Tide’s longest winning streak in the series since winning six straight games from 1985-87. In addition, Alabama has won two straight and three of the last four games at Humphrey Coliseum.

    Alabama dropped a 78-64 decision at South Carolina last Saturday night. Senior Retin Obasohan collected a game-high 23 points, while junior Shannon Hale added 16 in the losing effort. Obasohan now has a team-leading nine games of 20 or more points, including four straight and seven in the Tide’s last night games.

    Tuesday’s game will air on SEC Network as Tom Hart (play-by-play) and John Pelphrey (analyst) will be on the call. The contest will also be available via the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart and Bryan Passink calling all the action. Fans will be able to follow along on gametracker (accessed through RollTide.com), and game updates will be available on Twitter via @AlabamaMBB.

    OPENING TIP

  • Senior guard Retin Obasohan has scored 907 career points and is 93 points shy of becoming the 49th player in Alabama men’s basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Over his last four games, Obasohan is averaging, 23.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting 54.4 percent from the floor and 50 percent (8-of-16) from beyond the arc.
    • During SEC play, sophomore forward Riley Norris leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game and 44.4 (16-of-36) shooting from beyond the arc. He also is averaging 10.1 points and 1.3 steals per game during conference play.
    • Junior forward Shannon Hale has slowly been returning to form since missing three games due to a medical condition. In his first four games back (Jacksonville State, Norfolk State, Ole Miss and Kentucky), Hale averaged just 4.0 points and 1.7 rebounds a game. Over his last five games, the Johnson City, Tenn., native is averaging 13.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
    • Alabama comes into its game at Mississippi State owning a strength of schedule of No. 11 in the nation and an RPI of No. 47, according to ESPN.com (through games of Feb. 1). The website lists the Tide with a record of 3-4 against teams ranked among the top 50 RPI, giving UA the second-most top-50 wins in the SEC (Texas A&M has five).
    • Alabama has played the toughest schedule to start SEC play in terms of opponents winning percentage. The Tide’s competition owns a combined winning percentage of .688 (110-50) coming into Tuesday’s league games. That number is far ahead of Mississippi State (.655, 105-56) and Missouri (.649, 101-54), who rank second and third, respectively, in league strength of schedule.
    • Alabama has played five ranked opponents this season, going 3-2 in such contests. In addition, the Tide has faced an additional three opponents who were receiving votes to be ranked at the time they played (Dayton, Oregon and at South Carolina), making eight of its 20 opponents this season to be ranked or receiving votes in the AP top 25 poll at the time the game was played.
    • The Crimson Tide return to the friendly confines of Coleman Coliseum when it squares off against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. CT. It will be the lone meeting during the regular season between the two teams.
    • Tickets, mini-packs and single-game tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online at RollTide.com/Tickets or by calling 1-877-TIDETIX (843-3849). Fans can also purchase tickets in advance at the Alabama Ticket Office, located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum.
    • For all the latest information on the team, follow AlabamaMBB on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.

    SCOUTING ALABAMA

  • Alabama (11-9, 2-6 SEC) ends a two-game road trip on Tuesday night at Mississippi State. After going 4-2 in non-conference play on the road, the Tide is looking for its first road win in SEC play this season (0-4).
  • Senior guard Retin Obasohan leads Alabama in scoring (15.6 ppg), steals (1.4) and minutes (31.9 mpg) through the Tide’s 20 contests. The Antwerp, Belgium, native currently ranks 15th in the SEC in scoring and ninth in minutes per game entering Tuesday’s contest.
  • Junior forward Shannon Hale and graduate transfer Arthur Edwards rank second and third on this year’s team in scoring average at 11.3 ppg and 9.8 ppg, respectively. Hale comes into the Mississippi State contest averaging 13.8 points and 3.8 rebounds a game over his last five contests. Meanwhile, Edwards leads Alabama and ranks fourth in the SEC in three-point field goal percentage at 41.7 percent (43-of-103) for the year and has reached double figures in 10 of his last 15 contests.
  • Sophomore Riley Norris has stepped up his play during the SEC season. The Albertville, Ala., native is leading the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and three-point field goal percentage (.444), while ranking third in scoring (10.1 ppg) during conference play.
  • As a team, Alabama is being outscored by the competition for the season by 0.4 points per game (66.7-67.1). The Tide comes into Tuesday’s contest ranked among the top defensive teams in the SEC. Entering the game, Alabama ranks fourth in scoring defense (67.1) and is sixth in field goal percentage defense (.398), three-point field goal percentage defense (.337) and blocked shots (5.1 bpg). Offensively, the Tide is fourth in three-pointers made per game (7.6).
  • ALABAMA FALLS AT SOUTH CAROLINA, 78-64

  • The Alabama men’s basketball team got into foul trouble early at South Carolina and lost on the road, 78-64, on Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd at Colonial Life Arena. Senior guard Retin Obasohan, who was one of four Crimson Tide players to foul out of the contest, finished with a game-high 23 points in the losing effort.
  • Alabama struggled early, shooting just 25 percent from the field and 23 percent from deep in the first half. The Tide did briefly take the lead at 20-19, but South Carolina finished the half on a 16-6 run over the last 8:32. At the half, the Tide trailed, 35-26, and had turned the ball over nine times.
  • Out of the break, the Tide pulled within five points (45-40), but the Gamecocks used a 9-2 run to open up a 12-point lead. Seconds later, freshman Donta Hall would be the first Alabama player to foul out of the contest. Another Gamecocks run pushed the score to 60-45 with 8:53 to play.
  • The Tide never surrendered as Obasohan sparked a 16-7 Alabama run, while scoring 14 straight points for the Tide along the way. The run pulled Alabama to within six points, trailing 67-61 with 4:23 to play.
  • However, South Carolina’s Michael Carrera hit a three pointer which began a 7-0 run to take a 74-61 lead and seal their victory.
  • In addition to Obasohan’s team-leading ninth game of 20 or more points, Shannon Hale added 16 and Riley Norris had 11. Obasohan also added team highs of six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
  • COACH Avery Johnson’S THOUGHTS: “It was a tough night for us. We were fighting uphill all game. They were the aggressor and they got what they wanted. We talked about rebounding and they got 20 offensive rebounds. They are a great defensive team, so give them credit. It was payback time for them, they wanted to defend their home court. Our guys didn’t quit and I’m proud of them. We ended up at 1-1 against South Carolina which was probably unexpected.”
  • SOUTH CAROLINA LEFTOVERS

  • Alabama had four players foul out of the same game, which marked the most Tide players to foul out of a single game since an overtime loss at Arkansas on Jan. 22, 2015.
  • With the loss, Alabama and South Carolina have split its season series. The Tide defeated then-No. 19 South Carolina 73-50 back on Jan. 13.
  • The Tide still leads the all-time series 26-16, however, Alabama falls to 5-13 in all-time games played at South Carolina. UA has now dropped four straight and seven of the last eight games in Columbia, S.C. The last time an Alabama team won in Colonial Life Arena came on March 3, 2010.
  • The Tide, which entered the contest leading the Southeastern Conference with the fewest fouls against, was whistled for a season-high 30 fouls on the night.
  • Alabama was outscored from the charity stripe 28-18 as the Gamecocks took advantage of 46 free throw attempts, compared to 25 for Alabama.
  • UA finished the game with 16 turnovers, nine of which came off of South Carolina steals. That resulted in the Gamecocks outscoring the Tide, 14-4, in points off turnovers.
  • RETIN’S RISING

  • Retin Obasohan has recorded nine 20-point games this season – all coming over the Tide’s last 14 contests, including four consecutive and seven over Alabama’s last nine contests.
  • The highlight over the stretch was Obasohan going for a career-high 27 points at Auburn on Jan. 19. The senior guard connected on 8-of-17 shots from the floor, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and hit 8-of-10 foul shots against the Tigers.
  • Obasohan currently leads the team in scoring (15.6 ppg), steals (28), minutes (31.9), field goals made (104) and attempted (227) and free throws made (74) and attempted (105), while ranking second in assists (2.1 apg). He also leads the team with 14 double-figure scoring games.
  • Below is a breakdown of Obasohan’s last 14 games compared to his first six contests this season.
  • GAMES                  PPG        RPG        APG        FG%       3FG%    MPG

    First Six Games    11.7        1.5          1.7          .397        .333        28.0

    Last 14 Games     17.2        4.5          2.6          .479        .386        34.0

    ANOTHER ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN?

    • Retin Obasohan is trying to follow in the footsteps of former standout Levi Randolph when it comes to off the court awards. Randolph became the program’s first Academic All-American last year when he earned second team accolades and Obasohan is looking to make it two in two years for the Tide.
    • Obasohan, who speaks four languages – English, Dutch, French and Nigerian – and leads the Tide’s efforts in the community as a two-time SEC Community Service award honoree, is a nominee for the 2016 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Team. The award recognizes players at all levels of college basketball who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement while exhibiting “impeccable leadership qualities on and off the court.”
    • The redshirt senior guard earned his undergraduate degree in finance in May of 2015, graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.30. He currently boasts a 4.0 GPA after two semesters in grad school as he pursues his master’s degree in marketing.

    STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE

  • Coming into Tuesday night’s contest, Alabama owns an RPI of No. 50 in the nation with a No. 11 overall strength of schedule, according to ESPN.com (through games of Jan. 30). The Tide ranks fifth in the SEC in terms of RPI and Alabama is one of eight teams in the league to boast of a top-80 RPI.
  • Eight of the Tide’s 20 contests on the season have been played against teams either ranked in the Associated Press top 25 or receiving votes at the time the game was played. The Tide has faced five top-25 teams (then-No. 23 Xavier, then-20 Wichita State, then-No. 17 Notre Dame and then-No. 9 Kentucky and then-No. 19 South Carolina) and an additional three teams (Dayton, Oregon and at South Carolina) who were receiving votes to be ranked at the time of the game.
  • Five of Alabama’s nine losses have been to teams ranked in the top-30 of ESPN.com’s latest RPI rankings (through games of Jan. 27), while none of its losses have come to a team with a RPI outside the top 100. Seven of its nine losses have come away from Coleman Coliseum.
  • Alabama’s schedule hasn’t gotten any easier during conference play. The Tide’s eight opponents have a combined record of 110-50 (.688). That number leads all SEC schools with Mississippi State (105-56/.655) and Missouri (101-54/.649) far behind in second and third place, respectively.
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    Alabama welcomes six newcomers to the 2016 team. We will be posting Q&A features with all six leading into the season. Our fifth Q&A is with freshman Madi Moore from Winfield, Ala.

    How did you get started playing softball?
    “I played tee-ball when I was younger, but I didn’t take it that seriously. It was just something for me to do for fun. I always loved being outside. A couple of years after tee-ball, I played with a baseball team in my town for a couple seasons because there wasn’t a softball team and I decided that I wanted to keep playing. Eventually, a softball team popped up and I started playing softball. I also played basketball until the beginning of high school, but softball became my main sport in high school.”

    When did you realize that playing softball at the collegiate level was a possibility?
    “I came from a small school so I played on varsity in middle school. Around seventh grade is when I really started taking softball seriously.”

    Living in Alabama, were you an Alabama fan growing up?
    “I live 60 miles north of Tuscaloosa so I’ve been an Alabama fan all my life. I thought Alabama was the school for me when I started my search. There were some other schools that I was looking at though, like Samford and Mississippi State. Those were the main schools that I was deciding between.”

    Outside of being a fan growing up, what set Alabama apart from the other schools?
    “I’ve always seen the team chemistry and I wanted to be a part of it. It’s a special thing that they share.”

    What are some of your impressions so far to college life as a softball player at Alabama?
    “It’s pretty much what I thought it would be. The time management is pretty tough, but not impossible. There’s no other team I would rather be a part of.”

    What are some of your team and individual goals going into the season?
    “I just want to help the team in any way that I can. It doesn’t matter what role it is, I’ll figure it out. We want to get to the national championship.”

    What is some advice that you would give to a young aspiring softball player?
    “No matter who tells you that you can’t do something, believe that you can do it. I had a lot of people tell me that I couldn’t do something or get here at Alabama, and here I am. Keep working even though someone tells you that you can’t do it. You can totally do it.”


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    Feb. 1, 2016

    Alabama welcomes six newcomers to the 2016 team. We will be posting Q&A features with all six leading into the season. Our fifth Q&A is with freshman Madi Moore from Winfield, Ala.

    How did you get started playing softball?

    “I played tee-ball when I was younger, but I didn’t take it that seriously. It was just something for me to do for fun. I always loved being outside. A couple of years after tee-ball, I played with a baseball team in my town for a couple seasons because there wasn’t a softball team and I decided that I wanted to keep playing. Eventually, a softball team popped up and I started playing softball. I also played basketball until the beginning of high school, but softball became my main sport in high school.”

    When did you realize that playing softball at the collegiate level was a possibility?

    “I came from a small school so I played on varsity in middle school. Around seventh grade is when I really started taking softball seriously.”

    Living in Alabama, were you an Alabama fan growing up?

    “I live 60 miles north of Tuscaloosa so I’ve been an Alabama fan all my life. I thought Alabama was the school for me when I started my search. There were some other schools that I was looking at though, like Samford and Mississippi State. Those were the main schools that I was deciding between.”

    Outside of being a fan growing up, what set Alabama apart from the other schools?

    “I’ve always seen the team chemistry and I wanted to be a part of it. It’s a special thing that they share.”

    What are some of your impressions so far to college life as a softball player at Alabama?

    “It’s pretty much what I thought it would be. The time management is pretty tough, but not impossible. There’s no other team I would rather be a part of.”

    What are some of your team and individual goals going into the season?

    “I just want to help the team in any way that I can. It doesn’t matter what role it is, I’ll figure it out. We want to get to the national championship.”

    What is some advice that you would give to a young aspiring softball player?

    “No matter who tells you that you can’t do something, believe that you can do it. I had a lot of people tell me that I couldn’t do something or get here at Alabama, and here I am. Keep working even though someone tells you that you can’t do it. You can totally do it.”


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    Track & Field, Cross Country. Track & Field Teams Remain in Top 20 of USTFCCCA Team Rankings http://www.crimsontidezone.com/track-field-cross-country-track-field-teams-remain-in-top-20-of-ustfccca-team-rankings-82096/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/track-field-cross-country-track-field-teams-remain-in-top-20-of-ustfccca-team-rankings-82096/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 19:09:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/c-xctrack/spec-rel/020116aac.html Feb. 1, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS – After three weeks of competition, the Alabama men’s and women’s track and field teams again rank inside the top 20 of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Team Computer Rankings. The men slid up one place to No. 16 this week and the women stayed at No. 15.

    The Crimson Tide men continue to be paced by its jumpers and throwers. Senior Justin Fondren has consistently improved on his mark in the high jump, clearing 7-1 3/4 (2.18m) to move up to sixth in the nation in the event. Junior Jeremiah Green recorded a season-best leap of 52-0 (15.85m) to rank 17th in the triple jump, and senior Josh McCullan is 34th in the long jump with a mark of 24-7 (7.49m).

    Sophomore thrower Daniel Haugh currently ranks as the 19th-best in the weight throw after his toss of 68-5 1/4 (20.86m). Just behind him is redshirt junior Elias Hakansson, whose throw of 65-8 1/4 (20.02m) is good enough for 32nd. Junior Kyle Felpel sits at 23rd on the national shot put list with his best effort of 60-2 1/2 (18.35m).

    For the women, junior Quanesha Burks is still the only competitor in the long jump to record a leap in excess of 22 feet. She is also tied for 14th in the 60 meters with a best time of 7.33. Fellow junior Vanessa Clerveaux is 36th in the 60 meters, running a 7.42, and tied for 27th in the 60-meter hurdles thanks to her effort of 8.34.

    Freshman Stacey Destin has been outstanding in the high jump, bumping her season-best up to 5-11 1/4 (1.81m) to tie for 15th on the national list. She is also tied for the best mark posted by a freshman in the event this season. Sophomore Filippa Fotopoulou is tied for 24th in the long jump following her jump of 20-2 1/4 (6.15m) at the Indiana Relays last weekend, while junior Lakan Taylor’s clearance of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m) is tied for 27th in the pole vault. Junior Haley Teel sits in 31st on the national shot put list after a throw of 51-7 3/4 (15.74m).

    In this week's Regional Team Index rankings, the men dropped to fifth while the women slid down to seventh. The Southeastern Conference was again rated as the toughest conference for both genders, with eight women's teams and seven men's squads residing in the top 25. 

    Alabama will send members of its men’s and women’s squads to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the New Mexico Classic & Multis Feb. 5-6.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaTrack on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.


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    Feb. 1, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS – After three weeks of competition, the Alabama men’s and women’s track and field teams again rank inside the top 20 of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Team Computer Rankings. The men slid up one place to No. 16 this week and the women stayed at No. 15.

    The Crimson Tide men continue to be paced by its jumpers and throwers. Senior Justin Fondren has consistently improved on his mark in the high jump, clearing 7-1 3/4 (2.18m) to move up to sixth in the nation in the event. Junior Jeremiah Green recorded a season-best leap of 52-0 (15.85m) to rank 17th in the triple jump, and senior Josh McCullan is 34th in the long jump with a mark of 24-7 (7.49m).

    Sophomore thrower Daniel Haugh currently ranks as the 19th-best in the weight throw after his toss of 68-5 1/4 (20.86m). Just behind him is redshirt junior Elias Hakansson, whose throw of 65-8 1/4 (20.02m) is good enough for 32nd. Junior Kyle Felpel sits at 23rd on the national shot put list with his best effort of 60-2 1/2 (18.35m).

    For the women, junior Quanesha Burks is still the only competitor in the long jump to record a leap in excess of 22 feet. She is also tied for 14th in the 60 meters with a best time of 7.33. Fellow junior Vanessa Clerveaux is 36th in the 60 meters, running a 7.42, and tied for 27th in the 60-meter hurdles thanks to her effort of 8.34.

    Freshman Stacey Destin has been outstanding in the high jump, bumping her season-best up to 5-11 1/4 (1.81m) to tie for 15th on the national list. She is also tied for the best mark posted by a freshman in the event this season. Sophomore Filippa Fotopoulou is tied for 24th in the long jump following her jump of 20-2 1/4 (6.15m) at the Indiana Relays last weekend, while junior Lakan Taylor’s clearance of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m) is tied for 27th in the pole vault. Junior Haley Teel sits in 31st on the national shot put list after a throw of 51-7 3/4 (15.74m).

    In this week’s Regional Team Index rankings, the men dropped to fifth while the women slid down to seventh. The Southeastern Conference was again rated as the toughest conference for both genders, with eight women’s teams and seven men’s squads residing in the top 25. 

    Alabama will send members of its men’s and women’s squads to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the New Mexico Classic & Multis Feb. 5-6.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaTrack on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

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    W. Basketball. Alabama Women’s Basketball Falls at No. 19/23 Tennessee, 70-42 http://www.crimsontidezone.com/w-basketball-alabama-womens-basketball-falls-at-no-1923-tennessee-70-42-82098/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/w-basketball-alabama-womens-basketball-falls-at-no-1923-tennessee-70-42-82098/#respond Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:25:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/w-baskbl/recaps/013116aaa.html
    Jan. 31, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Alabama women’s basketball team dropped a 70-42 decision to No. 19/23 Tennessee on Sunday in Thompson-Boling Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide moves to 13-9 overall and 2-6 in the Southeastern Conference, while the win brings the Lady Volunteers to 13-8 on the season and 4-4 in league play.

    “On a day like today you credit Tennessee,” said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. “Obviously they had a tough week last week, and I thought they bounced back with an exclamation point. That speaks of their character and the coaching staff.”

    Alabama and Tennessee traded baskets for much of the first, but it would be the Lady Volunteers holding a three-point edge, 15-12, at the break. Tennessee remained in front for the duration of the second and used an 8-0 run towards the end of the half for a 14-point lead, its largest of the game to that point, at 34-20. Alabama junior Breanna Hayden knocked down a pair of free throws for the final points of the quarter, setting the score at 34-22 in favor of the Lady Vols heading into the locker room.

    Tennessee freshman Te’a Cooper hit a three-pointer to open scoring in the third before Alabama sophomore Meoshonti Knight countered with back-to-back baskets to cut the Tide deficit to 11 at the 7:57 mark. From there, the Lady Vols would score 10 unanswered points, nine of which came from Cooper, to take a 47-26 lead with 5:29 remaining in the quarter. Sophomore Hannah Cook knocked down a three to end the scoring drought 30 seconds later, which sparked a 9-4 run over the final 4:58. Tennessee would lead 51-35 going into the final quarter.

    Alabama put up the first three points of the fourth, but the Lady Vols scored the next 17 straight to take a 30-point advantage with 2:17 to go. The Tide scored four of the last six points to cut the final margin to 28.

    Knight led Alabama with 11 points and a team-high five rebounds. Tennessee was led by sophomores Jaime Nared and Mercedes Russell, who both finished with double-doubles of 17 points and 10 rebounds and 12 points and 13 rebounds, respectively. Cooper also had 17 points for the Lady Vols.

    For the game, Alabama was 27.5 percent (14-51) from the floor, while Tennessee finished at 44.3 percent (27-61). The Lady Vols outrebounded the Tide, 47-26, and had 22 assists on their 27 made baskets.

    “I think the game came down to a presence in the paint,” added Curry. “Credit their front line. I thought they were really, really good today on both ends of the floor. We just weren’t able to counter with bodies today. We will continue to work in recruiting and continue to get better.”

    Alabama returns to Tuscaloosa for a pair of home games next week, hosting Ole Miss on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT and Auburn on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. Both contests will take place at Foster Auditorium.

    For all the latest information on the team, follow AlabamaWBB on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.


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    M. Basketball. Men’s Basketball Comes Up Short at South Carolina, 78-64 http://www.crimsontidezone.com/m-basketball-mens-basketball-comes-up-short-at-south-carolina-78-64-82100/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/m-basketball-mens-basketball-comes-up-short-at-south-carolina-78-64-82100/#respond Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:29:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/013016aab.html
    Jan. 30, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. The Alabama men’s basketball team got into foul trouble early at South Carolina and lost on the road, 78-64, on Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd at Colonial Life Arena. Senior guard Retin Obasohan, who was one of four Crimson Tide players to foul out of the contest, finished with a game-high 23 points in the losing effort.

    The Tide, which entered the contest leading the Southeastern Conference with the fewest fouls against, was whistled for a season-high 30 fouls on the night.

    Alabama (11-9, 2-6 SEC) struggled early, shooting just 25 percent from the field and 23 percent from deep in the first half. The Tide did briefly take the lead at 20-19, but South Carolina (19-2, 6-2 SEC) finished the half on a 16-6 run over the last 8:32. At the half, the Tide trailed, 35-26, and had turned the ball over nine times.

    Out of the break, the Tide pulled within five points (45-40), but the Gamecocks used a 9-2 run to open up a 12-point lead. Seconds later, freshman Donta Hall would be the first Alabama player to foul out of the contest. Another Gamecocks run pushed the score to 60-45 with 8:53 to play.

    The Tide never surrendered as Obasohan sparked a 16-7 Alabama run, while scoring 14 straight points for the Tide along the way. The run pulled Alabama to within six points, trailing 67-61 with 4:23 to play.

    However, South Carolina’s Michael Carrera hit a three pointer which began a 7-0 run to take a 74-61 lead and seal their victory.

    The Tide was outscored from the charity stripe 28-18 as the Gamecocks took advantage of 46 free throw attempts, compared to 25 for Alabama. UA finished the game with 16 turnovers, nine of which came off of South Carolina steals. The Gamecocks outscored the Tide 14-4 in points off turnovers and won the rebounding battle 50-41.

    In addition to Obasohan’s team-leading ninth game of 20 or more points, Shannon Hale added 16 and Riley Norris had 11. Obasohan also added team highs of six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

    Carrera grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and led the Gamecocks with 20 points. Sindarius Thornwell scored 14 points and recorded seven rebounds.

    Alabama will stay on the road on Tuesday, Feb. 2, when it takes on Mississippi State. The Tide tips off in Starkville at 8 p.m. CT on SEC Network.

    For all the latest information on the team, follow AlabamaMBB on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.

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    Track & Field, Cross Country. Track & Field Wins Three Events on Day Two of Indiana Relays http://www.crimsontidezone.com/track-field-cross-country-track-field-wins-three-events-on-day-two-of-indiana-relays-82102/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/track-field-cross-country-track-field-wins-three-events-on-day-two-of-indiana-relays-82102/#respond Sat, 30 Jan 2016 20:56:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/c-xctrack/recaps/013016aab.html Jan. 30, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Alabama men’s and women’s track & field teams wrapped up the Indiana Relays, hosted by Indiana University at the Gladstein Fieldhouse, by winning three events on Saturday.

    "This was a challenging weekend for us in a few ways," said head coach Dan Waters. "I think we responded well today. We continue to get great performances in the field events, which is encouraging. And Quanesha only gets better with each week."

    Senior Justin Fondren cleared 7-1 3/4 (2.18m) in the high jump to win the event, his best effort on the season. Sophomore Daniel Haugh claimed the weight throw title with his toss of 67-8 3/4 (20.64m). Junior Quanesha Burks was victorious in the 60 meters yet again, recording a time of 7.45. It was the fastest time run in either the prelims or the finals in the event.

    Below is a closer look at Alabama’s performances on Saturday.

    Men’s Event Summaries
    High Jump – Senior Justin Fondren produced a season-best mark to win the high jump, clearing 7-1 3/4 (2.18m) without missing on an attempt.
    Weight Throw – Sophomore Daniel Haugh and junior Elias Hakansson went 1-2 in the weight throw. Haugh won the event with a best throw of 67-8 3/4 (20.64m) and Hakansson was runner-up after his toss of 65-7 1/2 (20.00m).
    60 Meters (Finals) – Freshman Matthew Likely was the Tide’s top finisher in the finals of the 60 meters, taking third place with a time of 6.92. Senior Tadashi Pinder (6.94) crossed the finish line just behind him for fifth, and Ahmed Ali (6.99) was sixth. Freshman Xavian Marks (7.03) finished eighth.
    800 Meters – Junior Payton Ballard ran to a ninth-place finish in the 800 meters, recording a time of 1:54.43, which is less than a tenth of a second off his personal best in the event.
    3,000 Meters – Junior Antibahs Kosgei continued to improve on his time in the 3,000 meters, claiming second place with a time of 8:13.39. Sophomore Josh Short was 11th, crossing the finish line in 8:36.89.
    4x400 Relay – The team of freshman Matthew Likely, junior Jacopo Lahbi, freshman Isaac Trevino and senior Andrew Harris recorded a time of 3:13.38 to finish third in the 4x400 relay. That time was less than a second behind the winning team’s time of 3:12.83.

    Women’s Event Summaries
    Pole Vault – Senior Anna Reed and junior Lakan Taylor tied for sixth in the pole vault, each clearing 13-2 1/4 (4.02m) while missing on only one attempt. Junior Britainy Smith turned in a personal-best mark of 12-8 1/4 (3.87m) to finish 11th.
    Weight Throw – Sophomore Haley Teel set a new personal best in the weight throw, recording a toss of 56-3 (17.14m) to place 14th in the event.
    60 Meters (Finals) – Junior Quanesha Burks continued to impress in the 60 meters this season, claiming the event title with a time of 7.45. Sophomore Olivia Fotopoulou (7.58) was third and junior Vanessa Clerveaux (7.63) was fourth.
    60-Meter Hurdles (Finals) – Clerveaux, running in her second final on the day, crossed the finish line second in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.49.
    800 Meters – Senior Kimberley Ficenec led Alabama’s contingent in the 800 meters, running to a fourth-place finish thanks to a time of 2:12.00. Sophomore Veronica Lyle finished 10th, crossing the finish line in 2:15.32. Fellow sophomore Caroline Barlow (2:17.37), freshman Kaitlin Walker (2:17.86), sophomore Emily Edwards (2:19.01) and freshman Sarah Mohan (2:20.04) rounded out the time’s competitors.
    Mile – Senior Meropi Panagiotou trimmed five seconds off her season-best time in the mile, placing third with a time of 4:50.74. Barlow took 12th, crossing the finish line in 5:02.91 and Lyle was right behind her with a time of 5:03.83. Edwards (5:10.20) and Mohan (5:18.68) were also in the field for Alabama.
    3,000 Meters – Junior Allison Gregg took fifth in the 3,000 meters, recording a time of 10:07.83. Freshman Kaitlin York placed 10th thanks to her time of 10:22.46.
    4x400 Relay – The team of junior Diamond Gause, sophomore Domonique Williams, freshman Katie Funcheon and freshman Janel Pate took third in the 4x400 relay, finishing in a time of 3:43.47. Junior Brianna Sims, sophomore Olivia Fotopoulou, freshman Kristyn Williams and senior Kimberley Ficenec placed sixth, crossing the finish line in 3:52.02.

    Next up members of the men’s and women’s squad will head to Albuquerque to compete in the New Mexico Classic & Multis.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaTrack on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

    Indiana Relays
    Saturday, January 30, 2016
    Alabama Results

    Men
    High Jump: 1. Justin Fondren, 7-1 3/4 (2.18m)
    Weight Throw: 1. Daniel Haugh, 67-8 3/4 (20.64m); 2. Elias Hakansson, 65-7 1/2 (20.00m)
    60 Meters (Finals): 3. Matthew Likely, 6.92; 5. Tadashi Pinder, 6.94; 6. Ahmed Ali, 6.99; 8. Xavian Marks, 7.03
    60-Meter Hurdles: Angelo Goss, DNS
    800 Meters: 9. Payton Ballard, 1:54.43
    3,000 Meters: 2. Antibahs Kosgei, 8:13.39; 11. Josh Short, 8:36.89
    4x400 Relay: 3. Alabama ‘A’, 3:13.38; Alabama ‘B’, DNS

    Women
    Pole Vault: 6. Anna Reed, 13-2 1/4 (4.02m); 6. Lakan Taylor, 13-2 1/4 (4.02m); 11. Britainy Smith, 12-8 1/4 (3.87m)
    Weight Throw: 14. Haley Teel, 56-3 (17.14m)
    60 Meters (Finals): 1. Quanesha Burks, 7.45; 3. Olivia Fotopoulou, 7.58; 4. Vanessa Clerveaux, 7.63
    60-Meter Hurdles (Finals): 2. Vanessa Clerveaux, 8.49
    800 Meters: 4. Kimberley Ficenec, 2:12.00; 10. Veronica Lyle, 2:15.32; 16. Caroline Barlow, 2:17.37; 19. Kaitlin Walker, 2:17.86; 24. Emily Edwards, 2:19.01; 25. Sarah Mohan, 2:20.04; Meropi Panagiotou, DNS
    Mile: 3. Meropi Panagiotou, 4:50.74; 12. Caroline Barlow, 5:02.91; 13. Veronica Lyle, 5:03.83; 16. Emily Edwards, 5:10.20; 22. Sarah Mohan, 5:18.68
    3,000 Meters: 5. Allison Gregg, 10:07.83; 10. Kaitlin York, 10:22.46
    4x400 Relay: 3. Alabama ‘A’, 3:43.47; 6. Alabama ‘B’, 3:52.02


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    Jan. 30, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Alabama men’s and women’s track & field teams wrapped up the Indiana Relays, hosted by Indiana University at the Gladstein Fieldhouse, by winning three events on Saturday.

    “This was a challenging weekend for us in a few ways,” said head coach Dan Waters. “I think we responded well today. We continue to get great performances in the field events, which is encouraging. And Quanesha only gets better with each week.”

    Senior Justin Fondren cleared 7-1 3/4 (2.18m) in the high jump to win the event, his best effort on the season. Sophomore Daniel Haugh claimed the weight throw title with his toss of 67-8 3/4 (20.64m). Junior Quanesha Burks was victorious in the 60 meters yet again, recording a time of 7.45. It was the fastest time run in either the prelims or the finals in the event.

    Below is a closer look at Alabama’s performances on Saturday.

    Men’s Event Summaries
    High Jump – Senior Justin Fondren produced a season-best mark to win the high jump, clearing 7-1 3/4 (2.18m) without missing on an attempt.
    Weight Throw – Sophomore Daniel Haugh and junior Elias Hakansson went 1-2 in the weight throw. Haugh won the event with a best throw of 67-8 3/4 (20.64m) and Hakansson was runner-up after his toss of 65-7 1/2 (20.00m).
    60 Meters (Finals) – Freshman Matthew Likely was the Tide’s top finisher in the finals of the 60 meters, taking third place with a time of 6.92. Senior Tadashi Pinder (6.94) crossed the finish line just behind him for fifth, and Ahmed Ali (6.99) was sixth. Freshman Xavian Marks (7.03) finished eighth.
    800 Meters – Junior Payton Ballard ran to a ninth-place finish in the 800 meters, recording a time of 1:54.43, which is less than a tenth of a second off his personal best in the event.
    3,000 Meters – Junior Antibahs Kosgei continued to improve on his time in the 3,000 meters, claiming second place with a time of 8:13.39. Sophomore Josh Short was 11th, crossing the finish line in 8:36.89.
    4×400 Relay – The team of freshman Matthew Likely, junior Jacopo Lahbi, freshman Isaac Trevino and senior Andrew Harris recorded a time of 3:13.38 to finish third in the 4×400 relay. That time was less than a second behind the winning team’s time of 3:12.83.

    Women’s Event Summaries
    Pole Vault – Senior Anna Reed and junior Lakan Taylor tied for sixth in the pole vault, each clearing 13-2 1/4 (4.02m) while missing on only one attempt. Junior Britainy Smith turned in a personal-best mark of 12-8 1/4 (3.87m) to finish 11th.
    Weight Throw – Sophomore Haley Teel set a new personal best in the weight throw, recording a toss of 56-3 (17.14m) to place 14th in the event.
    60 Meters (Finals) – Junior Quanesha Burks continued to impress in the 60 meters this season, claiming the event title with a time of 7.45. Sophomore Olivia Fotopoulou (7.58) was third and junior Vanessa Clerveaux (7.63) was fourth.
    60-Meter Hurdles (Finals) – Clerveaux, running in her second final on the day, crossed the finish line second in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.49.
    800 Meters – Senior Kimberley Ficenec led Alabama’s contingent in the 800 meters, running to a fourth-place finish thanks to a time of 2:12.00. Sophomore Veronica Lyle finished 10th, crossing the finish line in 2:15.32. Fellow sophomore Caroline Barlow (2:17.37), freshman Kaitlin Walker (2:17.86), sophomore Emily Edwards (2:19.01) and freshman Sarah Mohan (2:20.04) rounded out the time’s competitors.
    Mile – Senior Meropi Panagiotou trimmed five seconds off her season-best time in the mile, placing third with a time of 4:50.74. Barlow took 12th, crossing the finish line in 5:02.91 and Lyle was right behind her with a time of 5:03.83. Edwards (5:10.20) and Mohan (5:18.68) were also in the field for Alabama.
    3,000 Meters – Junior Allison Gregg took fifth in the 3,000 meters, recording a time of 10:07.83. Freshman Kaitlin York placed 10th thanks to her time of 10:22.46.
    4×400 Relay – The team of junior Diamond Gause, sophomore Domonique Williams, freshman Katie Funcheon and freshman Janel Pate took third in the 4×400 relay, finishing in a time of 3:43.47. Junior Brianna Sims, sophomore Olivia Fotopoulou, freshman Kristyn Williams and senior Kimberley Ficenec placed sixth, crossing the finish line in 3:52.02.

    Next up members of the men’s and women’s squad will head to Albuquerque to compete in the New Mexico Classic & Multis.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaTrack on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

    Indiana Relays
    Saturday, January 30, 2016
    Alabama Results

    Men
    High Jump: 1. Justin Fondren, 7-1 3/4 (2.18m)
    Weight Throw: 1. Daniel Haugh, 67-8 3/4 (20.64m); 2. Elias Hakansson, 65-7 1/2 (20.00m)
    60 Meters (Finals): 3. Matthew Likely, 6.92; 5. Tadashi Pinder, 6.94; 6. Ahmed Ali, 6.99; 8. Xavian Marks, 7.03
    60-Meter Hurdles: Angelo Goss, DNS
    800 Meters: 9. Payton Ballard, 1:54.43
    3,000 Meters: 2. Antibahs Kosgei, 8:13.39; 11. Josh Short, 8:36.89
    4×400 Relay: 3. Alabama ‘A’, 3:13.38; Alabama ‘B’, DNS

    Women
    Pole Vault: 6. Anna Reed, 13-2 1/4 (4.02m); 6. Lakan Taylor, 13-2 1/4 (4.02m); 11. Britainy Smith, 12-8 1/4 (3.87m)
    Weight Throw: 14. Haley Teel, 56-3 (17.14m)
    60 Meters (Finals): 1. Quanesha Burks, 7.45; 3. Olivia Fotopoulou, 7.58; 4. Vanessa Clerveaux, 7.63
    60-Meter Hurdles (Finals): 2. Vanessa Clerveaux, 8.49
    800 Meters: 4. Kimberley Ficenec, 2:12.00; 10. Veronica Lyle, 2:15.32; 16. Caroline Barlow, 2:17.37; 19. Kaitlin Walker, 2:17.86; 24. Emily Edwards, 2:19.01; 25. Sarah Mohan, 2:20.04; Meropi Panagiotou, DNS
    Mile: 3. Meropi Panagiotou, 4:50.74; 12. Caroline Barlow, 5:02.91; 13. Veronica Lyle, 5:03.83; 16. Emily Edwards, 5:10.20; 22. Sarah Mohan, 5:18.68
    3,000 Meters: 5. Allison Gregg, 10:07.83; 10. Kaitlin York, 10:22.46
    4×400 Relay: 3. Alabama ‘A’, 3:43.47; 6. Alabama ‘B’, 3:52.02

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    W. Basketball. Crimson Tide Women’s Basketball Closes out January at No. 19/23 Tennessee http://www.crimsontidezone.com/w-basketball-crimson-tide-womens-basketball-closes-out-january-at-no-1923-tennessee-82104/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/w-basketball-crimson-tide-womens-basketball-closes-out-january-at-no-1923-tennessee-82104/#respond Sat, 30 Jan 2016 18:26:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/013016aaa.html Jan. 30, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women’s basketball team (13-8, 2-6 SEC) hits the road once again, this time heading to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the No. 19/23 Tennessee Lady Volunteers (12-8, 3-4 SEC) on Sunday, Jan. 31. The game will tip off in Thompson-Boling Arena at 2 p.m. CT.

    BROADCAST

    Sunday’s game will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Cara Capuano on play-by-play and Nell Fortner as the analyst. 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.

    THE SERIES

    Alabama and Tennessee are meeting for the 51st time in the series on Sunday. The Lady Volunteers have won 48 of the 50 games in the series, including the last 41 consecutive matchups. The Crimson Tide last beat UT on March 3, 1984, 85-66, in Athens, Ga. In fact, both of Alabama’s wins in the series have come at neutral sites as the first came in Baton Rouge in 1981. Sunday’s game will be the 22nd played in Knoxville. In last season’s contest, the Lady Vols came out on top, 77-56, at Thompson-Boling Arena on Feb. 19.

    LAST TIME OUT

    Alabama held No. 10/10 Texas A&M to 39 percent shooting for the game and forced 17 turnovers, but came up shy in a 59-56 loss on Thursday in Foster Auditorium. It was only the second loss in Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide thus far this season. Sophomore Quanetria Bolton totaled a game-high 16 points, the most she has scored against a conference opponent in her career, and fellow sophomore Karyla Middlebrook finished with 15. Bolton was also the Tide’s leading rebounder with five.

    THE OPPONENT

    Tennessee is under the direction of Holly Warlick, who is in her fourth year as head coach of the Lady Volunteers. She led UT to a 27-8 record, an SEC regular season championship and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in her first season, a 29-6 mark and the SEC Tournament championship in year two and a 30-6 record and a share of the SEC regular season championship. She was voted as the Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year in 2013 by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in addition to being named the SEC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year by league coaches and the Associated Press.

    The Lady Volunteers have three averaging double figure points, led by sophomore Diamond DeShields with 14.4 points per game. Senior Bashaara Graves and sophomore Mercedes Russell each haul in a team-best 8.5 rebounds per game, while junior Jordan Reynolds leads the team in assists with 2.5 per contest.

    Tennessee has lost two straight close games on the road, first by one point, 64-63, at Kentucky and then a 65-63 overtime defeat at Mississippi State. The Lady Volunteers are 9-3 at home this year.


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    Jan. 30, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women’s basketball team (13-8, 2-6 SEC) hits the road once again, this time heading to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the No. 19/23 Tennessee Lady Volunteers (12-8, 3-4 SEC) on Sunday, Jan. 31. The game will tip off in Thompson-Boling Arena at 2 p.m. CT.

    BROADCAST

    Sunday’s game will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Cara Capuano on play-by-play and Nell Fortner as the analyst. 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.

    THE SERIES

    Alabama and Tennessee are meeting for the 51st time in the series on Sunday. The Lady Volunteers have won 48 of the 50 games in the series, including the last 41 consecutive matchups. The Crimson Tide last beat UT on March 3, 1984, 85-66, in Athens, Ga. In fact, both of Alabama’s wins in the series have come at neutral sites as the first came in Baton Rouge in 1981. Sunday’s game will be the 22nd played in Knoxville. In last season’s contest, the Lady Vols came out on top, 77-56, at Thompson-Boling Arena on Feb. 19.

    LAST TIME OUT

    Alabama held No. 10/10 Texas A&M to 39 percent shooting for the game and forced 17 turnovers, but came up shy in a 59-56 loss on Thursday in Foster Auditorium. It was only the second loss in Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide thus far this season. Sophomore Quanetria Bolton totaled a game-high 16 points, the most she has scored against a conference opponent in her career, and fellow sophomore Karyla Middlebrook finished with 15. Bolton was also the Tide’s leading rebounder with five.

    THE OPPONENT

    Tennessee is under the direction of Holly Warlick, who is in her fourth year as head coach of the Lady Volunteers. She led UT to a 27-8 record, an SEC regular season championship and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in her first season, a 29-6 mark and the SEC Tournament championship in year two and a 30-6 record and a share of the SEC regular season championship. She was voted as the Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year in 2013 by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in addition to being named the SEC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year by league coaches and the Associated Press.

    The Lady Volunteers have three averaging double figure points, led by sophomore Diamond DeShields with 14.4 points per game. Senior Bashaara Graves and sophomore Mercedes Russell each haul in a team-best 8.5 rebounds per game, while junior Jordan Reynolds leads the team in assists with 2.5 per contest.

    Tennessee has lost two straight close games on the road, first by one point, 64-63, at Kentucky and then a 65-63 overtime defeat at Mississippi State. The Lady Volunteers are 9-3 at home this year.


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    Track & Field, Cross Country. Track & Field Closes Out Day One of Indiana Relays http://www.crimsontidezone.com/track-field-cross-country-track-field-closes-out-day-one-of-indiana-relays-82106/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/track-field-cross-country-track-field-closes-out-day-one-of-indiana-relays-82106/#respond Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:24:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/c-xctrack/recaps/012916aaa.html Jan. 29, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Alabama men’s and women’s track & field teams turned in a solid opening day at the Indiana Relays, hosted by Indiana University at the Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Ind.

    Freshmen led the way for the Crimson Tide in five events, including Lawrence Wallace’s season-best leap of 23-6 (7.16m) in the long jump and Stacey Destin’s effort of 5-11 1/4 (1.81m) in the high jump. Will Herrscher finished second once again in the pole vault, Kord Ferguson threw his way to a runner-up finish in the shot put and Kristyn Williams was fourth in the 600 meters.

    Junior Quanesha Burks (7.49) ran the fastest time in the 60 meters to move on to the finals on Saturday. Fellow junior Vanessa Clerveaux qualified for the final in both the 60 meters and the 60-meter hurdles. On the men’s side, junior Angelo Goss advanced to the finals of the 60-meter hurdles but suffered an injury while running in the prelims of the 60 meters.

    Below is a closer look at Alabama’s performances on Friday.

    Men’s Event Summaries
    Long Jump – Three Alabama jumpers all finished in the top five of the long jump, led by freshman Lawrence Wallace and his second place effort with a leap of 23-6 (7.16m), which was a season best. Senior Nathan Vardaman was just behind him in third thanks to a best mark of 23-2 1/3 (7.07m) while fellow senior Josh McCullan took fifth with a jump of 23-0 3/4 (7.03m).
    Pole Vault – Freshman Will Herrscher turned in his second consecutive runner-up finish in the pole vault, clearing 16-1 1/4 (4.91m).
    Shot Put – Redshirt freshman Kord Ferguson produced a season-best throw of 58-10 (17.93m) for a second-place finish in the shot put. Senior Hayden Reed took third with his best effort of 56-5 3/4 (17.21m).
    60 Meters (Prelims) – The Tide qualified four runners for Saturday’s final in the 60 meters. Senior Ahmed Ali (6.86) and freshman Xavian Marks (6.92) won their heat to qualify, while freshman Matthew Likely (6.86) and senior Tadashi Pinder (6.88) move through based on time. Senior Jeremiah Green ran a 6.92 to just miss out on qualifying, while freshman Minkah Fitzpatrick crossed the finish line in 7.01.
    60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims) – Junior Angelo Goss ran the third-fastest time of the day in the 60-meter hurdles, recording a 7.81 to move on to Saturday’s final.
    200 Meters – Senior Ahmed Ali ran to a third-place finish in the 200 meters, recording a time of 21.73. Fellow senior Tadashi Pinder placed eighth, crossing the finish line in 22.04.
    600 Meters – Junior Jacopo Lahbi led a trio of Tide runners in the 600 meters, finishing second thanks to a time of 1:19.00. Freshman Isaac Trevino (1:19.26) crossed the finish line just behind Lahbi in third. Senior Andrew Harris took fifth with a time of 1:20.24.

    Women’s Event Summaries
    Long Jump – Sophomore Filippa Fotopoulou jumped to a runner-up finish in the long jump, recording a best mark of 20-2 1/4 (6.15m), which set a new personal best. Freshman Kiara Williams placed fourth with a jump of 19-8 1/4 (6.00m) and senior Lacey Dent was sixth with a leap of 19-2 (5.84m).
    Shot Put – Sophomore Haley Teel took fourth in the shot put, recording a best toss of 49-7 3/4 (15.13m) on the day.
    High Jump – Freshman Stacey Destin placed second in the high jump with a clearance of 5-11 1/4 (1.81m), the best effort of her rookie season. Fellow freshman Claire Orcel jumped to a fourth-place finish with a mark of 5-5 (1.65m).
    60 Meters (Prelims) – Alabama swept the top three spots in the 60 meters to qualify for Saturday’s final. Junior Quanesha Burks recorded the top time, crossing the finish line in 7.49. Sophomore Olivia Fotopoulou and senior Vanessa Clerveaux tied for second in a time of 7.57. Freshman Janel Pate (7.73), junior Diamond Gause (7.74) and junior Brianna Sims (7.77) also competed for the Tide in the event.
    60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims) – Vanessa Clerveaux turned in another solid performance in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 8.35 to qualify for Saturday’s final.
    200 Meters – Junior Diamond Gause led the Tide’s contingent in the 200 meters, recording a time of 24.61 to place sixth. Sophomore Olivia Fotopoulou finished seventh in 24.71 and sophomore Domonique Williams was ninth in 24.80. Freshmam Katie Funcheon (24.87), freshman Janel Pate (24.94) and junior Brianna Sims (25.00) rounded out Alabama’s runners in the event.
    600 Meters – Freshman Kristyn Williams finished fourth in the 600 meters, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:32.97. Sophomore Kaitlin Walker took 10th in 1:37.04.

    Action continues on Saturday at 10 a.m. CT.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaTrack on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

    Indiana Relays
    Friday, January 29, 2016
    Alabama Results

    Men
    Pole Vault: 2. Will Herrscher, 16-1 1/4 (4.91m); Jake Zalesky, No Height
    Long Jump: 2. Lawrence Wallace, 23-6 (7.16m); 3. Nathan Vardaman, 23-2 1/2 (7.07m); 5. Josh McCullan, 23-0 3/4 (7.03m)
    Shot Put: 2. Kord Ferguson, 58-10 (17.93m); 3. Hayden Reed, 56-5 3/4 (17.21m); Kyle Felpel, FOUL; Nathan Karr, FOUL
    60 Meters (Prelims): 4. Ahmed Ali, 6.86; 5. Xavian Marks, 6.92; 6. Matthew Likely, 6.86; 7. Tadashi Pinder, 6.88; 9. Jeremiah Green, 6.92; 16. Minkah Fitzpatrick, 7.01; Angelo Goss, DNF; Kendall Sheffield, DNS
    60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims): 4. Angelo Goss, 7.81
    200 Meters: 3. Ahmed Ali, 21.73; 8. Tadashi Pinder, 22.04; Matthew Likely, DQ
    600 Meters: 2. Jacopo Lahbi, 1:19.00; 3. Isaac Trevino, 1:19.26; 5. Andrew Harris, 1:20.24

    Women
    Long Jump: 2. Filippa Fotopoulou, 20-2 1/4 (6.15m); 4. Kiara Williams, 19-8 1/4 (6.00m); 6. Lacey Dent, 19-2 (5.84m)
    High Jump: 2. Stacey Destin, 5-11 1/4 (1.81m); 4. Claire Orcel, 5-5 (1.65m)
    Shot Put: 4. Haley Teel, 49-7 3/4 (15.13m)
    60 Meters (Prelims): 1. Quanesha Burks, 7.49; 2. Olivia Fotopoulou, 7.57; 2. Vanessa Clerveaux, 7.57; 9. Janel Pate, 7.73; 10. Diamond Gause, 7.74; 12. Brianna Sims, 7.77
    60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims): 2. Vanessa Clerveaux, 8.35
    200 Meters: 6. Diamond Gause, 24.61; 7. Olivia Fotopoulou, 24.71; 9. Domonique Williams, 24.80; 11. Katie Funcheon, 24.87; 12. Janel Pate, 24.94; 14. Brianna Sims, 25.00
    600 Meters: 4. Kristyn Williams, 1:32.97; 10. Kaitlin Walker, 1:37.04; Domonique Williams, DNS


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    Jan. 29, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Alabama men’s and women’s track & field teams turned in a solid opening day at the Indiana Relays, hosted by Indiana University at the Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Ind.

    Freshmen led the way for the Crimson Tide in five events, including Lawrence Wallace’s season-best leap of 23-6 (7.16m) in the long jump and Stacey Destin’s effort of 5-11 1/4 (1.81m) in the high jump. Will Herrscher finished second once again in the pole vault, Kord Ferguson threw his way to a runner-up finish in the shot put and Kristyn Williams was fourth in the 600 meters.

    Junior Quanesha Burks (7.49) ran the fastest time in the 60 meters to move on to the finals on Saturday. Fellow junior Vanessa Clerveaux qualified for the final in both the 60 meters and the 60-meter hurdles. On the men’s side, junior Angelo Goss advanced to the finals of the 60-meter hurdles but suffered an injury while running in the prelims of the 60 meters.

    Below is a closer look at Alabama’s performances on Friday.

    Men’s Event Summaries
    Long Jump – Three Alabama jumpers all finished in the top five of the long jump, led by freshman Lawrence Wallace and his second place effort with a leap of 23-6 (7.16m), which was a season best. Senior Nathan Vardaman was just behind him in third thanks to a best mark of 23-2 1/3 (7.07m) while fellow senior Josh McCullan took fifth with a jump of 23-0 3/4 (7.03m).
    Pole Vault – Freshman Will Herrscher turned in his second consecutive runner-up finish in the pole vault, clearing 16-1 1/4 (4.91m).
    Shot Put – Redshirt freshman Kord Ferguson produced a season-best throw of 58-10 (17.93m) for a second-place finish in the shot put. Senior Hayden Reed took third with his best effort of 56-5 3/4 (17.21m).
    60 Meters (Prelims) – The Tide qualified four runners for Saturday’s final in the 60 meters. Senior Ahmed Ali (6.86) and freshman Xavian Marks (6.92) won their heat to qualify, while freshman Matthew Likely (6.86) and senior Tadashi Pinder (6.88) move through based on time. Senior Jeremiah Green ran a 6.92 to just miss out on qualifying, while freshman Minkah Fitzpatrick crossed the finish line in 7.01.
    60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims) – Junior Angelo Goss ran the third-fastest time of the day in the 60-meter hurdles, recording a 7.81 to move on to Saturday’s final.
    200 Meters – Senior Ahmed Ali ran to a third-place finish in the 200 meters, recording a time of 21.73. Fellow senior Tadashi Pinder placed eighth, crossing the finish line in 22.04.
    600 Meters – Junior Jacopo Lahbi led a trio of Tide runners in the 600 meters, finishing second thanks to a time of 1:19.00. Freshman Isaac Trevino (1:19.26) crossed the finish line just behind Lahbi in third. Senior Andrew Harris took fifth with a time of 1:20.24.

    Women’s Event Summaries
    Long Jump – Sophomore Filippa Fotopoulou jumped to a runner-up finish in the long jump, recording a best mark of 20-2 1/4 (6.15m), which set a new personal best. Freshman Kiara Williams placed fourth with a jump of 19-8 1/4 (6.00m) and senior Lacey Dent was sixth with a leap of 19-2 (5.84m).
    Shot Put – Sophomore Haley Teel took fourth in the shot put, recording a best toss of 49-7 3/4 (15.13m) on the day.
    High Jump – Freshman Stacey Destin placed second in the high jump with a clearance of 5-11 1/4 (1.81m), the best effort of her rookie season. Fellow freshman Claire Orcel jumped to a fourth-place finish with a mark of 5-5 (1.65m).
    60 Meters (Prelims) – Alabama swept the top three spots in the 60 meters to qualify for Saturday’s final. Junior Quanesha Burks recorded the top time, crossing the finish line in 7.49. Sophomore Olivia Fotopoulou and senior Vanessa Clerveaux tied for second in a time of 7.57. Freshman Janel Pate (7.73), junior Diamond Gause (7.74) and junior Brianna Sims (7.77) also competed for the Tide in the event.
    60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims) – Vanessa Clerveaux turned in another solid performance in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 8.35 to qualify for Saturday’s final.
    200 Meters – Junior Diamond Gause led the Tide’s contingent in the 200 meters, recording a time of 24.61 to place sixth. Sophomore Olivia Fotopoulou finished seventh in 24.71 and sophomore Domonique Williams was ninth in 24.80. Freshmam Katie Funcheon (24.87), freshman Janel Pate (24.94) and junior Brianna Sims (25.00) rounded out Alabama’s runners in the event.
    600 Meters – Freshman Kristyn Williams finished fourth in the 600 meters, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:32.97. Sophomore Kaitlin Walker took 10th in 1:37.04.

    Action continues on Saturday at 10 a.m. CT.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaTrack on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

    Indiana Relays
    Friday, January 29, 2016
    Alabama Results

    Men
    Pole Vault: 2. Will Herrscher, 16-1 1/4 (4.91m); Jake Zalesky, No Height
    Long Jump: 2. Lawrence Wallace, 23-6 (7.16m); 3. Nathan Vardaman, 23-2 1/2 (7.07m); 5. Josh McCullan, 23-0 3/4 (7.03m)
    Shot Put: 2. Kord Ferguson, 58-10 (17.93m); 3. Hayden Reed, 56-5 3/4 (17.21m); Kyle Felpel, FOUL; Nathan Karr, FOUL
    60 Meters (Prelims): 4. Ahmed Ali, 6.86; 5. Xavian Marks, 6.92; 6. Matthew Likely, 6.86; 7. Tadashi Pinder, 6.88; 9. Jeremiah Green, 6.92; 16. Minkah Fitzpatrick, 7.01; Angelo Goss, DNF; Kendall Sheffield, DNS
    60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims): 4. Angelo Goss, 7.81
    200 Meters: 3. Ahmed Ali, 21.73; 8. Tadashi Pinder, 22.04; Matthew Likely, DQ
    600 Meters: 2. Jacopo Lahbi, 1:19.00; 3. Isaac Trevino, 1:19.26; 5. Andrew Harris, 1:20.24

    Women
    Long Jump: 2. Filippa Fotopoulou, 20-2 1/4 (6.15m); 4. Kiara Williams, 19-8 1/4 (6.00m); 6. Lacey Dent, 19-2 (5.84m)
    High Jump: 2. Stacey Destin, 5-11 1/4 (1.81m); 4. Claire Orcel, 5-5 (1.65m)
    Shot Put: 4. Haley Teel, 49-7 3/4 (15.13m)
    60 Meters (Prelims): 1. Quanesha Burks, 7.49; 2. Olivia Fotopoulou, 7.57; 2. Vanessa Clerveaux, 7.57; 9. Janel Pate, 7.73; 10. Diamond Gause, 7.74; 12. Brianna Sims, 7.77
    60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims): 2. Vanessa Clerveaux, 8.35
    200 Meters: 6. Diamond Gause, 24.61; 7. Olivia Fotopoulou, 24.71; 9. Domonique Williams, 24.80; 11. Katie Funcheon, 24.87; 12. Janel Pate, 24.94; 14. Brianna Sims, 25.00
    600 Meters: 4. Kristyn Williams, 1:32.97; 10. Kaitlin Walker, 1:37.04; Domonique Williams, DNS

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    Jan. 29, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – What a difference a week makes.

    After a three-fall performance on the balance beam at home last Friday, the No. 5 Alabama gymnastics team went on the road and, in front of a raucous Gator crowd of 8,867, posted a 49.550 on the balance beam, the fifth highest score in school history.

    “I’m so proud of the persistence, power and fierce grace that our team displayed tonight,” UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. “We came back from last week’s beam performance and competed like rock stars in front of a very vocal crowd here on the road. The best part is that as good as we were tonight, we still have room for improvement.”

    At the end of the night, No. 1 Florida used the nation’s best score of the season to come away with a 198.175-197.525 win, but the Crimson Tide’s overall score is a season high and the best road score in the country this season.

    Junior Aja Sims, who scored a 9.95 on the beam last week, posted a career-best 9.975 tonight while Lauren Beers’ tied her career-best with a 9.950 before sophomore Nickie Guerrero closed out the rotation with a 9.9. Junior Keely McNeer started beam off with a 9.875 and junior Katie Bailey added a 9.85.

    Alabama started the night off with a season-best 49.325 on the uneven bars, led by Beers’ 9.925 and Mackenzie Brannan’s 9.9, which ties the sophomore’s career-best mark. The Tide followed that up with a 49.200 on the vault paced by a 9.9 from Beers in the anchor spot.

    Led by a career-best 9.925 from sophomore Kiana Winston and a 9.9 from junior Katie Bailey, Alabama totaled a 49.450 on the floor exercise, its second-highest score of the season and its highest road tally.

    Beers took second on the all-around, tying her career-best of 39.650.

    Alabama returns home on Feb. 5 to take on Kentucky in the Crimson Tide’s 12th annual Power of Pink meet. Tickets are available online at RollTide.com or through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum.

    Keep up with all the latest Alabama gymnastics news via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube by following BamaGymnastics.

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