The University of West Alabama women’s basketball team returns to action on Monday, February 11, as the Tigers (9-12, 4-2 Gulf South Conference) host divisional and in-state rival North Alabama in GSC play. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. The game can be followed via live stats at athletics.uwa.edu. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to contest, as the Tigers are hosting a “Think Pink” fund raiser to raise money for the Kay Yow/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Cancer Fund. Those wearing pink to the contest will receive free admission into the game.
UWA enters the contest riding a three-game win streak, its longest of the season. The Red and White claimed a dramatic 76-75 win over non-conference foe Mobile on Tuesday, February 5 at Pruitt Hall.
Ashton Washington and Jessica Thompson continue to lead the Tigers in the scoring column, with both averaging double figures. Washington, a Lexington, Miss.-native, is averaging 13.7 points an outing, while Thompson, a native of Valhermoso Springs, Ala., is supply a 12.6 a contest this season. Washington is also pacing the Red and White on the glass with 9.3 rebounds a game. Two newcomers are also pushing forward in the scoring column for the Tigers. Domininque Whitfield and Valerie Harris are each averaging just under nine points a game this season, with Whitfield averaging 8.8 and Harris turning 8.9 a game.
North Alabama enters the contest on Monday night riding a win streak of its own, claiming victories in its last two outings, including a 75-69 win at Montevallo on Saturday evening.
For the Lions, Amber Rutherford leads the way. The Hatton, Ala.-native, Rutherford, is averaging a team-leading 16 points and 6.5 rebounds, second on the team, a game. Shay Ashford is the catalyst on the boards for UNA with 6.9 an outing, to go along with her nine points a night.
This marks the second meeting this season between the two in-state institutions, as UWA claimed a 72-51 in Florence. The Red and White took command of the contest early, pushing out to a 20-point lead in the first half. Four Tigers scored in double figures led by 13 from Thompson. Jenni Thomley, Irimar Hernandez and Omeshia Frost each supplied 11 points in the contest to round out the scoring.
The UWA women’s basketball team is accepting pledges for every 3-pointer made in the game against UNA, with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. UWA will recognize breast cancer survivors during halftime of the contest versus the Lions.
For more information or to make pledges, please contact the women’s basketball office at (205) 652-3672. Pledges can also be made at the front table in Pruitt Hall on game night.