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February 9, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Offense needs breakout game

TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama women's basketball team will play its second home gamein a row when it hosts Arkansas at 2 p.m. today.

The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks will be meeting for the 31st time in the series that the Razorbacks lead 16-14. Alabama's last win over Arkansas came on Feb. 27, 2011, by a score of 92-79 in Fayetteville, Ark. The Crimson Tide's last victory against the Razorbacks in Tuscaloosa was on Jan. 15, 2006, 75-73.

Alabama (12-11, 2-8 Southeastern Conference) has lost its last four games.The Crimson Tide has been unable to reach 60 points in any of those games.

Alabama dropped a 65-53 decision to 15th-ranked South Carolina on Thursday in Tuscaloosa, where the Tide was outscored 42-22 in the paint and outrebounded 53-24. UA sophomore Daisha Simmons led all scorers in the game with 18 points, while juniors Shafontaye Myers and Jasmine Robinson added 11 apiece.

Simmons continues to lead Alabama in scoring with an average of 12.5 points per game. She is followed by Myers (11.9 ppg) and Robinson (10.2 ppg). The Crimson Tide still leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 24.1 percent from long range, and is second in turnover margin at plus-7.7 per game.

Arkansas (15-8, 3-7) has lost its last two games, with the most recent coming in overtime, 80-74, against eighth-ranked Kentucky.

The Razorbacks were led in scoring by senior Sarah Watkins, who had 25 points. Also notching double digits was senior Quistelle Williams, with 18, and freshman Dominique Wilson, who had a season-high 17 points.

Arkansas has three players averaging double-figure scoring, led by Watkins (13.5 ppg). She is followed by Williams (10.8 ppg) and Keira Peak (10.3 ppg). The Razorbacks rank second in the SEC in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 35.7 percent shooting.

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