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Alabama Women’s Basketball Closes out Road Swing at Vanderbilt...

on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Crimson Tide Women's Basketball:

The Alabama women's basketball team (15-5, 3-4 SEC) closes out its two-game road swing tonight when it takes on Vanderbilt (10-10, 0-7 SEC) in Memorial Gym. The game is slated for an 8 p.m. CT tip on the SEC Network.

Alabama is playing consecutive road games for the first time this season when it takes on Vanderbilt on Thursday. In the Crimson Tide's last game, it traveled to Oxford, Miss., where it came away with a 65-57 victory over the Rebels. 

Alabama is now 2-1 in SEC road games with the win at Ole Miss and Missouri and a loss at South Carolina.

Alabama has now matched its win total from last year and its 15 wins over the first 20 games is the most since the 2000-01 season. The Tide also collected its second straight SEC road victory for the first time since 2011 with the win at Ole Miss on Sunday.

Jordan Lewis was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season on Tuesday, which is the most by any Alabama women's basketball student-athlete in her career. Lewis scored a career-high 22 points in the Tide's win at Ole Miss while adding six rebounds, four assists and one steal.

She currently averages 4.2 assists per game, which ranks her fourth in the SEC behind two seniors and a junior. Lewis is the only freshman ranked in the top 10 in the league in assists.

Freshman Ashley Knight has been stellar thus far defensively in the paint. She already has 52 blocks on the season, for an average of 2.6 rejections per game.

Her 2.6 block average ranks the Austin, Texas native first in the Southeastern Conference and 17th nationally, while her 52 overall blocks is 14th in the country. Knight is also third on the Alabama single season top 10 list and is already 26 away from the Tide's career top 10 list.

Vanderbilt enters tonight's game with a 10-10 overall record and an 0-7 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Commodores are 6-4 in Memorial Gymnasium this season with their last win at home coming on Dec. 18 against Tennessee Tech (89-57).

Several of Vanderbilt's losses in SEC play have been close calls. The Commodores have lost by six points or fewer in five of their seven losses.

The Commodores are led in scoring by junior Rachel Bell, who averages 12.0 points per game. Senior Marqu'es Webb leads the team in rebounds with 9.1 per contest, while freshman Cierra Walker is tops in assists with 3.3 per game.

Vanderbilt is under the direction of first-year head coach Stephanie White. White spent the previous 10 years as a coach in the WNBA and most recently head coach of the Indiana Fever. She also had three stops as an assistant in the college ranks at Ball State, Kansas State and Toledo.

White played five seasons in the WNBA after a standout career at Purdue, where she earned national Player of the Year accolades and a national champion in 1999.

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