Bama Women Meet LSU In SEC Tourney

Alabama needs the team that has shown up in four of the last five games to show up again at 2:30 p.m. CST Thursday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. That's when the Crimson Tide takes on LSU in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.

Alabama is the 10th seed in the tournament with a 16-13 overall record and 5-11 SEC mark. Bama, though, has played its best basketball in the last weeks of the season, winning four of five league games, including getting two road victories.

LSU is the seventh seed with an 8-8 conference record. The Tigers are 18-12 overall.

The game will be televised by Fox Sports.

Thursday's meeting will be the second of the season between the Crimson Tide and Lady Tigers with LSU claiming a 72-43 victory in Baton Rouge on Jan. 9. Alabama did not win a game in January.

"Looking at the score of our last game could be a little deceiving because I think we have grown a lot since then as a team," Alabama Coach Wendell Hudson said. "That game also came during a stretch where we were really not shooting the ball well, which is something we have improved on. I think we have a lot of momentum heading into this tournament, and we are eager to get out on the court."

Alabama and LSU have met three times previously in postseason league play. The Tide has won two of those contests; however, the Lady Tigers were victors in the most recent meeting in 2005 winning 60-59. Alabama's last win against LSU was on Feb. 24, 2002. That was also the year that Bama last had a winning record overall and five SEC wins.

In its most recent game, the Tide had its best offensive outing of the season hitting 55.7 per cent of its shots to beat Arkansas on the road, 92-79. Junior Ericka Russell led five Alabama players in double-figures with 28 points. In addition, she tied the single-game record for three-pointers with eight. Freshman Shafontaye Myers came up big down the stretch as well, hitting all eight of her free throw attempts in the last three minutes of the game. She would finish with a career-high tying 13 points.

LSU enters Thursday's contest having lost three of its final four regular season games with its lone victory coming in overtime against South Carolina. All three of the losses for the Lady Tigers were on the road. LSU's most recent loss came at No. 4 Tennessee, 80-60.

The Lady Tigers are led in scoring by sophomore Adrienne Webb and junior LaSondra Barrett, who contribute 12.7 and 11.9 points per game, respectively. Barrett also leads the team in rebounds with 6.2 boards per game, while senior Katherine Graham has dished out a team-best 3.2 assists per game.

Should the Tide advance past LSU on Thursday, it would take on No. 2 seed Kentucky on Friday at 2:30 p.m. CST.

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