Trojans take on Bama St. tonight

Published 9:13 pm Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Troy women’s basketball will hit the road to face in-state rival Alabama State tonight.

The Trojans are looking to snap their 0-8 start against a Hornets team that has been a historically tough matchup.

Troy is 7-14 all-time against Alabama State and just 1-9 when playing in Montgomery but the players feel confident about picking up their first win tonight.

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“I feel good (about this game),” said junior guard Sarah McAppion. “We were so close in the last game but couldn’t pull it out.”

Troy led by six over American with just over 11 minutes remaining in the game. 16 turnovers later, the Trojans would fall 55-45.

“I think we rushed things in that game,” said head coach Michael Murphy. “We got out of our comfort zone and turned the ball over.”

Troy will need to be especially careful with the basketball against a very athletic Hornets squad.

“They are going to pressure us,” Murphy said.

“They are going to shoot the ball very aggressively so we’ve got to be good with the basic fundamentals and not get lost in transition.”

Alabama State is 2-3 on the season losing their last game to LSU, 67-35.

Troy guard DeAngela Sword will look to continue her recent success. Sword has scored double digits in seven of the last eight games. She scored a season high 18 against Jacksonville State.

Senior Tenia Manuel leads the Trojans in rebounding with eight per contest.

Troy and Alabama State will tip off from the Dunn-Oliver Acadome at 6 p.m.