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UA women's basketball ready for Auburn

Crimson Tide looks for second-straight SEC win when it takes on the Tigers 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women's basketball team (13-12, 2-10 SEC) will take on Auburn (14-11, 7-5 SEC) for the second time this season when the two teams square off on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Auburn Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

Thursday's meeting marks the 73rd in the series that dates back to 1975. The Tigers hold a 40-32 edge over the Crimson Tide that includes a win in the previous contest this season where Auburn came out on top, 66-55, in both team's SEC opener on Jan. 2. Alabama's last win in Auburn came on Feb. 10, 2002, as the Tide defeated the Tigers, 60-57. 

"We are really looking forward to playing Auburn again," Alabama Head Coach Wendell Hudson said. "I think we have made a lot of progress as a team since we last saw them. We also had a few of our shooters go through a stretch of missing shots in that game, and I do not think we are going to see that this time around." 

Alabama enters Thursday's rivalry game winners of two of its last three contests. Most recently, the Tide took down Florida, 64-59, in its first game back in Foster Auditorium in over 20 years. Senior Tierney Jenkins led the game in scoring with 18 points. She also added nine steals, eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks. Her nine steals tied the most in a single game in Alabama history. Joining Jenkins with double-figure points was junior Ericka Russell and freshman Kaneisha Horn, who added 12 apiece. The Tide is now 11-1 when three or more players record 10-plus points. 

Jenkins continues to rank amongst the best in both the Southeastern Conference and the nation. She is second in the league and 88th in the NCAA in scoring with 16.4 points per game and first in the conference and 17th in the nation in rebounds with 10.6 boards per game. She also stands at second in the SEC and 21st in the country in steals averaging 3.0 thefts per game. In addition, Jenkins has collected 16 double-doubles thus far ranking first in the conference and third in the NCAA. 

Auburn won its last game recording a 64-59 win at Arkansas, which broke a three-game losing streak for the Tigers. In the win, senior Alli Smalley collected a team-high 19 points, five rebounds and three steals. She was followed by freshman Courtney Strain, who added 12 points. 

For the season, Auburn is led in scoring by Smalley and sophomore Blanche Alverson with averages of 11.7 and 11.3 points per game, respectively. Sophomore Morgan Toles leads both the Tigers, and the SEC, in assists with 5.2 per game. 

Following Thursday's contest, Alabama returns home for a Sunday matinee against Mississippi at 2 p.m. CT. The game will serve as women's basketball's Power of Pink event, helping to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics 

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