By: Nicholas Pursley
TUSCALOOSA, Ala — Coming off four consecutive losses, the Kentucky Wildcats (9- 11, 2-8 SEC) look to turn things around as they travel to Tuscaloosa on Sunday to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide (12-10, 3-8 SEC) in their annual Power of Pink game.
Kentucky enters Sunday’s game following a respectable 59-50 loss against top-ranked South Carolina on Thursday. The Wildcats trailed by as many as 18 in the fourth- quarter, but rallied late to cut the lead to as little as seven with 1:30 left.
Much of the comeback could be attributed to All-American guard Rhyne Howard, who had 16 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter. Howard is averaging 20.4 ppg for the season; shutting down her offense will surely be one of the keys for Alabama defensively.
Alabama will look to ride the momentum from their thrilling overtime win against Vanderbilt 77-71, where senior guard Brittany Davis put up a season-high 25 points.
That game marked Davis’ seventh game out of her last eight where she scored more that 18 points, and her 20th game in double figures this season. Alabama will look to continue to ride her hot scoring streak Sunday afternoon.
“You have to guard her.” said head-coach Kristy Curry following the win against Vanderbilt.
The Crimson Tide will also look to capitalize on the defense of JaMya Mingo-Young, who comes in following a season-high tying six steals against Vanderbilt.
“I thought she was able to get her hands on a few loose balls, able to really impact the game from a defensive standpoint…” said head-coach Kristy Curry after the win versus Vanderbilt.
The Alabama Crimson Tide host the Kentucky Wildcats at home in Coleman Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.