By: Nicholas Pursley
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama Crimson Tide (12-11, 3-9 SEC) look to bounce-
back from a close loss to Kentucky when they host the 12th ranked Tennessee Lady
Volunteers (21-4, 10-2 SEC) at home Thursday night.
In the last matchup, Tennessee defeated Alabama in the SEC opener at home 62-44. In
that game, Alabama kept it close until the fourth quarter, despite having it’s worst
shooting performance of the season, shooting just 23.9% from the field (17-71).
Tennessee enters Thursday’s game coming off a 66-52 win on the road versus
Vanderbilt, where Jordan Horston had 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
Horston has been an all-around contributor for the Lady Volunteers this season, leading
the team in points (16.4), rebounds (9.6), assists (3.9) and steals. She’s also averaged
a block per game.
Tennessee has great this season on defense, holding opponents to just 58.5 points per
game on 33% shooting from the field. They rank fourth in the nation in blocked shots,
mainly thanks to center Tamari Key, who leads the nation in blocks with 88.
The Lady Volunteers also lead the nation in defensive rebounds per game with 32.6.
They lead the SEC in offensive rebounds per game, rebounds and rebounds per game.
Alabama enters Thursday’s game looking for what would be their first win against a
ranked opponent this season.
In their last outing against Kentucky on Sunday, the Tide struggled with turnovers and
allowed Kentucky to score 17 second-chance points.
Megan Abrams led the team in scoring with 21 points, while JaMya Mingo-Young had a
16 point, 10 rebound double-double. Jada Rice also contributed eight points, eight
rebounds, and five blocks coming off the bench.
The key to the game on Thursday night will likely be the battle on the boards.
Tennessee has won the rebounding battle in 22 of 25 games, and has won all but one
game this season when they had more rebounds than their opponents.
The Alabama Crimson Tide host the Tennessee Lady Volunteers at home in Coleman
Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on SEC Network+.