Alabama Meets LSU In SEC Tourney

Kristy Curry

Just five days after humbling LSU in the regular season finale, the Alabama women's basketball team faces the Fighting Tigers again today in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament at the Arena At Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.



Alabama closed out regular season play last Sunday with a 78-60 win over 23rd-ranked LSU in Foster Auditorium. The win gave Bama a 14-15 regular season record, including a 7-9 SEC mark. LSU is 18-11 overall and also 7-9 in conference play.

Tipoff today will be at 6 p.m. EST (5 p.m. central time) with television coverage on SportSouth.

Alabama has used old and new to show marked improvement in its women's basketball program. The old is senior Shafontaye Myers, who had 15 points on Senior Day against LSU and joined the 1,000-point club at Bama.

The new includes first-year coach Kristy Curry and outstanding freshman Ashley Williams. Williams had 14 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday's game against LSU, her fifth double-double of the season. Earlier this week Williams

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 323-164.

The Crimson Tide and Tigers are meeting for the 53rd time in the series on Sunday. LSU leads 35-17, and had won 16 straight, until a 78-60 victory by Alabama on Sunday in the regular-season finale snapped that run. The two teams are meeting for the fifth time in the SEC Tournament, with both teams winning two games apiece in that series. The last meeting in the tournament came on March 3, 2011 in Nashville, where LSU came away with a 60-36 victory.

In addition to Myers and Williams, Alabama has gotten solid play from juniors Daisha Simmons and Sharin Rivers.

To say that LSU has had a poor final stretch is an understatement. The Tigers lost their last six regular season games.

Alabama is the No. 7 seed in the SEC Tournament. That's Bama's highest seed since it was a No. 5 in the 1999 tournament. Last year the Tide was a No. 13.

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