Feb. 10, 2016
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama women’s basketball (14-10, 3-8 SEC) will play one of its three remaining road games in the regular season on Thursday when it heads to Columbia to take on the Missouri Tigers (18-6, 5-6 SEC) in Mizzou Arena. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. CT.
Thursday’s game will be broadcast on SEC Network + with Ben Arnet on play-by-play and Jarrett Sutton 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.
This is only the seventh meeting between Alabama and Missouri. There were three games in the series played before the Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference, with the first taking place in 1981. The Crimson Tide has won the last two meetings, both of which were three-point victories as Alabama won 59-56 in Columbia on Feb. 9, 2014 and 67-64 on Feb. 12, 2015. The Tide has also come out on top in both of its trips to Missouri with the first taking place on March 13, 2002, 68-67. Only one game in the series was decided by more than eight points, which was an 88-64 win for the Tigers on March 3, 2013, in Tuscaloosa.
The Crimson Tide split its games last week, beating Ole Miss, 48-37, before falling to Auburn, 59-55. The 37 points by the Rebels were the fewest by a league opponent against Alabama since it held Mississippi State to 36 in the first game of the SEC Tournament in 2013. Sophomore Hannah Cook continues to lead the Tide in scoring with an average of 12.2 points per game, while senior Nikki Hegstetter is the team’s leader in rebounds with 6.8 boards per contest. Hegstetter is also now tied for eighth in the Alabama record book for games started in a career at 92.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
The Tigers are under the direction of sixth-year head coach Robin Pingeton, who, in 2013, guided Missouri back to the postseason for the first time since 2007, and returned again in 2014 and 2015. Prior to taking over in Columbia, Pingeton spent seven seasons at Illinois State (2003-10) after beginning her head coaching career at St. Ambrose, where she served for eight seasons (1992-2000). She holds an overall record of 432-241 over her 21 seasons as a head coach, including a 97-84 mark at Missouri.
Missouri’s roster features three sets of sisters including seniors Maddie and Morgan Stock (twins), junior Lindsey and freshman Sophie Cunningham and sophomore Bri and freshman Cierra Porter.
The Tigers started the season 13-0 for the first time in program history and have since win five of 11 Southeastern Conference games. Missouri is led in scoring by freshman Sophie Cunningham, who averages 13.3 points per game. Sophie’s sister, Lindsey, leads Missouri in assists with 3.4 per game, while junior Jordan Frericks pulls down a team-high 8.0 rebounds per contest.