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December 27, 2012HONOLULU | The University of Alabama women's basketball team will play its first of three games at the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Invitational when it takes on Cincinnati tonight at 9:30.
The Crimson Tide and Bearcats will be meeting for the second time in program history and first since Dec. 6, 1991. Alabama won the previous meeting, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., 100-80.
The Crimson Tide has won two of its last three games, most recently topping Virginia in doubles overtime, 73-70. Four players are averaging 10 points or more, led by sophomore Daisha Simmons' 13.7 points. Also in double-figure scoring are junior Shafontaye Myers (12.4 ppg), junior Jasmine Robinson (12.0 ppg) and senior Meghan Perkins (10.3 ppg).
Senior Alicia Mitcham is the top rebounder, pulling in 6.3 per game. Simmons leads the Crimson Tide in assists with 4.1 per game and steals at 3.7 per contest.
Cincinnati has won three of its last four games, with the lone loss during that stretch coming on the road against Akron. The Bearcats beat Belmont 68-54 in their last game. Junior Dayeesha Hollins has been Cincinnati's go-to performer this season, averaging 17.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. As a team, the Bearcats are averaging 58.3 points per game while holding opponents to only 54.5 points per contest.
In addition to Cincinnati, Alabama will play LIU Brooklyn and Hawaii at the three-day event. The Tide will face the Blackbirds on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will close out the tournament against the Rainbow Wahine on Sunday at 10 p.m.