While most players want to score, senior Ashley Williams enjoys doing the dirty work. That’s fine with Alabama women’s basketball coach Kristy Curry, who needs players like Williams to combat some of the physical play in the Southeastern Conference.

“I value rebounding,” Williams said. “I also value taking charges, those are probably my biggest things. But, I like to rebound. I set goals for how many rebounds I want to get, and check with (assistant coach Shereka Wright) during the games. She tells me how many I have, and it pushes me to go out and get more.”

A typical goal for Williams is 10 rebounds, which is the number she will try to grab in Alabama’s upcoming road game at Kentucky. The Crimson Tide has won every conference game when out-rebounding its opponent this season, and the Wildcats rank 10th in the SEC in that statistic.

“We know that when we rebound the ball we are at our best,” Curry said. “We understand that’s pretty consistent across all our games. So, that’s going to be important. We know we are playing a really good group of posts and perimeters that rebound well, and those guys are hungry. We know we are walking into a hornet’s nest.”

Kentucky is currently on a two-game losing streak after dropping matchups with South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Junior Maci Morris leads the Wildcats on offense, scoring 16 points per game.

Alabama at Kentucky
Where: Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
When: 6 p.m. CT, Thursday
Records: Alabama 14-6 (4-3), Kentucky 9-11 (1-5)
Radio: 93.3 FM