Alabama Women Get Easy Win

The Alabama women's basketball team of Coach Wendell Hudson ran its record to 8-5 with an 87-61 win over Southern Miss (4-8) in Coleman Coliseum Wednesday, a preliminary game to the Crimson Tide men's game.

Alabama played without two key players who have been ill -- Southeastern Conference rebounding leader Tierney Jenkins and LaToya King, who ranks eighth in the league in assists.

Bama was led by Varisia Raffington with 21 points. Courtney Strauthers came off the bench to score 15 points and pull down six rebounds. Ericka Russell had 14 points, Carmen McCoy 13, and Dedrea 10.

Hudsobn said, "The last two games we've shot the ball awfully well, and I think that's been the key. We've been playing hard on defense. We're practicing with a lot of confidence. Practice has been good. We're getting good post play and we're getting good play off the bench.

"If we shoot well and have good post play, we have a chance.

"We're excited about getting started in conference play."

The Alabama women's team opens Southeastern Conference play hosting Georgia at 2 p.m. Sunday in Coleman Coliseum.

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