Air Force Invades Foster Auditorium

The Alabama women's basketball team (9-4) will play its final game of 2011, as well as its last game before opening Southeastern Conference play, when it hosts the Air Force Falcons (4-8) on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST in Foster Auditorium.



"We have had some really good practices following our break for the holidays," said Alabama Coach Wendell Hudson. "We have had a handful of players with injuries, and the rest has really done good things for them."

The Crimson Tide and Falcons will be meeting for the first time in program history on Friday. Alabama is 2-2 all-time versus opponents from the Mountain West Conference.

Last time out, junior Erin Hogue scored a career-high 16 points to lead the Tide over Presbyterian in a 65-47 victory. Alabama had an additional three players score double-digit points including senior Ericka Russell and sophomore Jasmine Robinson, who each scored 11 points, while junior Meghan Perkins added 10. The Tide outscored Presbyterian 44-19 in a dominant second half performance, shooting 63 percent (17-27) from the floor.

Alabama has three players averaging double-digit points, led by Robinson, who averages 13.5 points per game. She is followed by Russell (11.0 ppg) and Perkins (10.3 ppg). Hogue leads the team in rebounds with 7.4 boards per game, while sophomore Khristin Lee has dished out a team-high 2.6 assists per game.

Air Force will be playing its fourth consecutive road game when it takes on the Tide on Friday. The Falcons have lost four straight dropping contests to USF, Minnesota, San Jose State and Pacific. Air Force has been without junior starting forwards Dymond James and Katie Hilbig, who ranked second and third on the team in scoring, averaging 11.3 and 7.5 points per game, respectively. James and Hilbig were also top contributors in rebounds, assists and steals.

Junior Alicia Leipprandt leads the Falcons in scoring, averaging 16.1 points per game. With the loss of James and Hilbig, Leipprandt also leads Air Force in rebounds, assists and steals.

The Falcons last played on December 21, at Pacific where Air Force dropped a 95-59 decision. Sophomore Megan O'Neil had a team-best 13 points.

"With this being our last game before entering SEC play, we need to be sure we sharpen up on a few things," added Hudson. "This should be a good test before we head to South Carolina this weekend."

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