No. 19 Kentucky vs Alabama
When: Monday, 6 p.m.
Where: Coleman Coliseum
Records: Kentucky 19-5,6-4 SEC; Alabama 11-12, 3-7 SEC
Broadcast: SEC Network
Radio: 100.1 FM
Since 2009, Alabama women’s sports have raised awareness and honored people affected by breast cancer with the Power of Pink. Women’s basketball will hold its Power of Pink game on Monday night.
“It’s a chance for us to build awareness,” coach Kristy Curry said. “The Power of Pink means so much to Tuscaloosa, with our connection to DCH … We’re just excited to support the cause and raise awareness.”
The Crimson Tide will honor legendary coach Kay Yow, who coached North Carolina State for 34 years before retiring with breast cancer.
Curry and her staff want to stress the importance of Yow’s contribution to women’s college basketball. In the days after their trip to Florida, they lectured the team on who Yow was and her contributions to the sport.
“One of her favorite quotes was, ‘If life kicks you, make sure it kicks you forward,’” Curry said. “We’re all going to have moments that don’t go our way and we have to let that kick us forward.”
Moving forward is what the Crimson Tide needs. It is coming off a two-point loss to Florida, which picked up just its second conference game of the season with the win.
Now, it turns its attention to No. 19 Kentucky.
The Wildcats have defeated the Crimson Tide in the last six games, including in the first round of the SEC tournament last year.
Kentucky has won its last two games by double digits, defeating Florida by 11 and Auburn by 10.
Freshman Rhyne Howard is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 16.5 points a game. She also brings down a team-high 6.8 rebounds. Senior Maci Morris averages 16.1 points, who leads the team in three-pointers made (60) and shoots 45 percent. The 60 three-point shots Morris has made is third in the SEC, while Howard’s 56 are fourth.
Taylor Murray averages 12.7.
One of the biggest attributions to the Wildcats success is the assist-to-turnover ratio, as it averages 1.02 assists per turnover. They are second in the SEC with 184 made three-point shots, while shooting an SEC-high 37.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Defensively, it also averages 10.8 steals per game, which is second in the SEC.
Tip is set for 6 p.m.