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.
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.
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.
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.