Alabama Women In Tough Road Test

The Alabama women's basketball team hits the road Thursday night to take on 24th-ranked Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CST) in Memorial Gymnaseum. The Crimson Tide carries a 9-11 season record into the contest, with a 1-6 mark in the Southeastern Conference, while the Commodores post a 14-6 record and 3-4 standing against league opponents.

"This is going to be a good road test for us after playing two home games in a row," said Alabama Coach Wendell Hudson. "We played hard in both games last week, but unfortunately the shooting just wasn't there against Arkansas. We need to go on the road tomorrow and play with that same level of confidence and intensity. Being able to do that on the road is another one of those steps this team needs to make in its growing process."

Alabama and Vanderbilt have met 36 times, with the Commodores leading the series 25-11. The match-ups began in 1978, with the Tide winning five of the first six contests. Vanderbilt has been successful as of late, winning the last eight contests. The last time Alabama defeated the Commodores was in 2004 in Tuscaloosa, 81-68.

Last time out, the Tide fought back from an 11-point second half deficit to force overtime with the Arkansas Razorbacks. Despite junior Tierney Jenkins' 18 points and 14 rebounds, Alabama fell in overtime 66-62. The double-double was Jenkins' eighth of the season and her third straight. Sophomore Ericka Russell also posted double-digits for the Tide, with 11 points. Senior Dedrea Magee dished out four assists and pulled down four boards. 

The Commodores are coming off a 65-56 loss to Mississippi State at home. Junior Jence Rhoads led all players with 20 points, in just her second game back from injury. Senior Merideth Marsh also contributed 11 points in the loss. 

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