Ordinarily, Alabama would have some trepidation about playing Gators in any sport. Florida has an excellent all-around athletics program. But after the stretch the Crimson Tide has gone through, this may seem like something of a relief.
Alabama comes into the game with a 13-16 record and 2-12 Southeastern Conference mark. Florida is 12-15 overall, 4-10 in the conference.
The Crimson Tide and Gators are meeting for the 55th time overall in the series that Alabama holds a 29-25 advantage in. Florida has won the last four meetings, three in Gainesville and one in Tuscaloosa. The Tide’s last victory against the Gators came on Feb. 13, 2011, when Alabama reopened Foster Auditorium, winning 64-59. The Tide’s last win in Gainesville came on Feb. 28, 2010, by a score of 66-61.
Sophomore Ashley Williams stepped up big for Alabama, finishing as its leading scorer in all three games against ranked teams last week where she averaged 18 points per game. Williams continues to lead the Tide on the season in points (13.9 ppg) and rebounds (6.3) and is ranked first in the SEC in field goal percentage (.538).
Following tonight’s game the Crimson Tide’s seniors, Briana Hutchen and Sharin Rivers, in addition to manager Anna Locklier, will be recognized in Bama’s Senior Day festivities.
Florida won two straight road games to open the month of February, but had lost its last three games including Sunday at Texas A&M, 66-46. Senior Ronni Williams came off the bench to score a game-high 14 points, while adding five rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist against the Aggies, while freshman Haley Lorenzen added 10 points, three rebounds, three blocks and a pair of steals. Williams also leads the team on the season in points (10.2 ppg) and rebounds (5.1 rpg).
Alabama closes out regular season play Sunday at Auburn.