Alabama Continues In WNIT Sunday

When the Alabama women's basketball team finished pre-season play, there were hopes the Crimson Tide would have a big season. A slow start in Southeastern Conference play dashed the hopes of most. But Bama finished strong in Southeastern Conference play and is now headed for its second game in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Alabama (17-14) will look for its second win of the postseason on Sunday as the Crimson Tide is slated to take on Northwestern (19-13) in the round of 32 of the Women's NIT. Tipoff in Welsh-Ryan Arena is slated for 2 p.m. CDT.

"We are excited about having the opportunity to continue our season as we head to Chicago to take on Northwestern," Alabama Coach Wendell Hudson said. "I thought, for the most part, we played really well in our first game of the tournament, and we are looking to build on that Sunday."

Alabama advanced to the second round of play with an 80-69 win at Memphis on Thursday, while the Wildcats pushed on with an 89-63 victory over Creighton. Sunday's meeting marks the second all-time between Alabama and Northwestern with the previous matchup going in favor of the Wildcats, 66-58, on Dec. 7, 1985.

In the Tide's win on Thursday, senior Tierney Jenkins led a trio of players in double figures with 21 points. She was followed by junior Ericka Russell with 20 and senior LaToya King, who added 14. For the game, Alabama capitalized on its 27 trips to the free throw line making 19 shots. In addition, the Tide outscored the Tigers 26-12 in points off turnovers.

Northwestern also had three players reach the double-digit scoring column, led by sophomore Kendall Hackney's 21-point performance. She was followed by seniors Meshia Reed and Amy Jaeschke, who added 19 and 16, respectively. The Wildcats shot the ball extremely well, hitting 55.2 percent of their attempts from the floor, including 52.6 percent from three-point range.

Fans can listen to Sunday's game on one of the 15 affiliates of the Crimson Tide Sports Network. In addition, live stats will be available on

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