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January 26, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Tide hosts Vanderbilt

TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama women's basketball team returns to the court today to face Vanderbilt in the Crimson Tide's annual Power of Pink game.

The Crimson Tide is coming off a 61-51 win Thursday against instate rival Auburn where junior Shafontaye Myers scored a career-high 23 points, including seven 3-pointers, which ties for second for most 3-pointers in a game in school history. The Tide finished with nine 3-pointers, marking the fourth time this season Alabama hit that mark.

Alabama sophomore Daisha Simmons continues to pace the Crimson Tide on offense for the season with an average of 12.4 points per game. She is followed closely by Myers, who chips in 12.2 points per game. Junior Jasmine Robinson also averages double figures, contributing 10.7. Senior Alicia Mitcham leads the Crimson Tide in rebounds with 5.5 per game while Simmons records a team-best 4.3 assists and 2.6 steals.

Vanderbilt has lost three of its last four games, including back-to-back losses at LSU (54-51) and most recently at home to No. 9 Tennessee (83-75).

Vanderbilt ranks No. 2 in the SEC in free throw shooting, hitting 72.7 percent of its attempts from the charity stripe. The Commodores also rank second in 3-point field goal percentage (35.3) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.1).


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