Odds Not With Tide Vs. Lady Vols
Alabama had a huge win over a ranked team on the road under first-year Coach Kristy Curry a week or so ago. Sunday the Crimson Tide has another opportunity against a top ten team when Tennessee visits. Tipoff is at 3:30 p.m. CST and will be televised on ESPNU.
Alabama is 10-11 overall and 3-5 in Southeastern Conference games. One of those wins came against ninth-ranked Kentucky in Lexington. Tennessee is 17-4 overall and 6-2 in SEC games.
The Crimson Tide and Lady Volunteers are meeting for the 49th time in the series that dates back to the 1976-77 season. Tennessee leads the series 46-2 and has won the last 39 straight against Alabama.
Alabama's winning streak was halted on Thursday at Florida as the Tide dropped a 75-67 decision to the Gators in Gainesville. Freshman Ashley Williams recorded her third double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Shafontaye Myers scored a game-high 21 points. Myers continues to pace the Alabama offense with an average of 15.4 points per game. She is followed by junior Daisha Simmons at 13.3 points per game and Williams with 11.8 points per game and a team-high 6.1 rebounds per contest.
Tennessee has won four straight conference games, most recently at home against Arkansas on Thursday, 70-60. The Lady Vols have four players averaging double-figure points on the season, led by senior Meighan Simmons at 14.9 points per game. She is followed by junior Isabelle Harrison, who adds 13.1 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds per contest. As a team, Tennessee ranks second in the SEC in scoring, averaging 81.2 points per game, and first in rebounds at 47.2 boards per contest.
Kristy Curry is in her first season as head coach on the Alabama sidelines after spending seven seasons in the same position at Texas Tech (2006-13). Prior to her stint in Lubbock, she spent seven years as head coach of the Purdue Boilermakers (1999-2006). Curry's teams have made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the championship game in 2001, in addition to winning two Big Ten regular season titles and compiling nine 20-win seasons. She holds an overall coaching record of 319-160.
The Lady Volunteers are led by second-year head coach Holly Warlick, who led Tennessee to a 27-8 record, an SEC regular season championship and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in her first season.
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