Dec. 27, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama women’s basketball team (10-2) will play its final non-conference game of the season and final game of 2015 on Monday when it hosts the Lipscomb Lady Bison (3-10) at Foster Auditorium. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT.
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• Alabama women’s basketball lanyards
• Ice Mule Cooler
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• Alabama women’s basketball lanyards
• Youth basketball teams will be performing a scrimmage at halftime.
Monday’s game will be streamed live on SEC Network + with Gary Harris on play-by-play, Rick Moody as the analyst and Hannah Chalker 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.
This is the second meeting between the Crimson Tide and Lady Bison but the first in nearly 30 years as the last matchup occurred on Jan. 24, 1986. Alabama won the prior matchup, 78-50, in Nashville.
Alabama is led in scoring by sophomore Hannah Cook, who averages 13.0 points per game. She has scored in double figures in five of the last six games and in nine of the Crimson Tide’s 12 games this season. Her best effort thus far came in the win over Georgetown where she had 22 points, including a career-high six three-pointers. Senior Nikki Hegstetter leads the team on the boards, with an average of 7.6 rebounds per game. She has pulled down double-digit boards in the last three games with a season-high 13 against North Florida and 10 at Georgia Tech and against Grambling State.
Lipscomb is under the direction of Greg Brown, who is in his fourth season with the Lady Bison. He has had individuals win two Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors, three Atlantic Sun All-Freshman honors as well as an Atlantic Sun Newcomer of the Year award. Prior to taking over at Lipscomb, Brown had assistant coaching stops at Central Florida (2007-2012) and Tennessee (2003-04).
The Lady Bison are led in scoring by senior Ashley Southern who averages 21.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, while sophomore Lauren Cagle dishes out a team-best 8.0 assists per contest. Southern ranks first in the Atlantic Sun and 14th in the nation in points per game and second in the conference and 23rd nationally in rebounds per game. Cagle’s 8.0 apg average is good for first in the A-Sun and third in the nation.
Lipscomb enters Monday’s game with a 3-10 overall record. The Lady Bison have lost their last seven games, including a 64-56 decision last time out against Western Kentucky on Dec. 21.
ALABAMA WINS EIGHTH STRAIGHT AT HOME
With its 72-57 victory over Grambling State on Dec. 20, Alabama won its eighth home game of the season to remain unbeaten in Tuscaloosa. The last time the Crimson Tide went 8-0 to start the season at home was in 2010 when it won eight consecutive games before dropping one.
ALABAMA SCORES BIG AT HOME
Alabama has scored 90 or more points in four of its eight home games and is averaging 84.4 points per contest in Tuscaloosa. Through its first eight home games a year ago, UA was averaging 58.9 points a night.
GETTING TO THE LINE
One area of improvement that head coach Kristy Curry would like to see is on the team’s free throw percentage, which has been evident in the early goings. Alabama ranks 12th in the nation in free throw attempts (276) and seventh in free throws made (200) while averaging 72.5 percent made per game. Last year, the Tide finished the regular season ranked third in free throw attempts, taking 723 shots from the line in 2014-15.
YOUTH LEADS TIDE IN NUMBERS
Throughout the 2014-15, Alabama was led statistically by its youth, and that trend is continuing this season. After 12 games, the Tide’s freshmen and sophomores have accounted for 685 of its 929 points (73.7 percent), 337 of its 540 rebounds (62.4 percent), 115 of its 159 assists (72.3 percent), 54 of its 83 blocks (65.1 percent) and 89 of its 119 steals (74.8 percent).