Alabama Women In Last Home Game

A few weeks ago it looked as if the only highlight of the Alabama women's basketball season would be moving into Foster Auditorium. But after nine consecutive Southeastern Conference losses, Bama stopped the bleeding with a win over Mississippi State in Starkville by a 66-61 margin.



Following that first conference victory of the year, Alabama had a road loss at nationally ranked Georgia. But since then, the Crimson Tide of Coach Wendell Hudson has won three games in a row -- Florida in the dedication game of Foster Auditorium, at Auburn, and Ole Miss at home.

Bama will try to make it four SEC wins in a row when the Tide hosts Mississippi State in Bama's final home game of the season. Tipoff Thursday in Foster Auditorium is 6 p.m. CST.

The Alabama women's basketball team will try to make it four Southeastern Conference wins in a row when it hosts Mississippi State in the Crimson Tide's final home game of the 2011 season. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT in Foster Auditorium.

Prior to the start of the game, Alabama will recognize its senior class that includes Katie Hancock, Tierney Jenkins, LaToya King and Varisia Raffington.

Alabama's earlier win this year against the Bulldogs snapped a five-game Bama losing streak to Mississippi State. Alabama leads the series 34-13.

Alabama is coming off a 61-52 win over Ole Miss. Junior Ericka Russell scored a game high and season best 21 points to lead the Tide. Tierney Jenkins had 10 points and 10 rebounds, her 18th double-double of the season. In addition, freshman Kaneisha Horn chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds. Alabama is now 13-1 when three or more players reach the double-digit scoring column.

The Tide's defense has helped the team to many of its victories this season, which is an area Alabama has improved drastically in from last season. A year ago, the Tide ranked seventh in the Southeastern Conference in turnover margin (+0.4), and it is now No. 2 with opponents committing 6.5 more turnovers that Alabama. The Tide also jumped from eighth in steals (7.6) to second (10.8).

Mississippi State enters Thursday's contest having lost its last three games. Most recently, the Lady Bulldogs suffered a 78-63 setback at Florida. Senior Mary Kathryn Govero leads the Lady Bulldogs in scoring for the season averaging 12.3 points per game. She is followed by juniors Diamber Johnson and Porsha Porter, who contribute 12.0 and 10.3 points per outing, respectively.

Tickets for the game can be purchased at the Alabama Ticket Office by phone at 1-877-TIDETIX or online by visiting RollTide.com. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for youth. For those unable to attend, follow along on the radio by catching the game on one of 15 station affiliates of the Crimson Tide Sports Network.

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