The 12-3 Tide looks improved over last season. Alabama breezed through most of its non-conference schedule but was blown out at UT-Martin. The Tide did beat a solid MTSU team in Nevada. Bama opened conference play with a home win over LSU but then dropped their most recent contest at Kentucky by 25 points.
Alabama has two players that average in double digits. Six-foot sophomore guard Hannah Cook leads the Tide in scoring. She was held to just 10 points in Alabama's recent loss at Kentucky and scored nine points in the Tide's conference opening win over LSU. Another sophomore is the team's second leading scorer, Guard Meoshonti Knight, had 17 points in the LSU victory. The Tide has four other players that average at least eight points per game.
Cook is the Tide's top threat from 3-point range. Alabama has nine other players that have made a dozen or more attempts from beyond the arc. Six-foot forward Quanetria Bolton leads the Crimson Tide women in field goal percentage.
Looking at some other statistics, Bama guard Karyla Middlebrook has a team leading 50 assists. Three different players have 20 or more steals and four players have 20 or more blocked shots.
Looking at the Vandy-Bama stats comparison, the Tide has the edge in points scored while the Commodores have held opponents to fewer points. Except for free throws, Vandy is the better shooting team while the Tide is tops in rebounding, steals and blocked shots. The Commodores have a stronger RPI and more assists.
Alabama is similar to Ole Miss, and similarly can cause problems due to a pesky defense. The Commodores can beat the Tide but they have got to make some plays in the final minutes of the game.
Sunday's game tips off at 2 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network Plus. Listen online at VUCommodores.com or on the radio at 560 WNSR AM.
For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.