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Troy women host South Alabama in battle of Sun Belt's hottest teams

Two of the Sun Belt’s hottest teams will meet when Troy hosts South Alabama.
TROY, Ala. – Two of the Sun Belt’s hottest teams as of late will meet on Thursday night when Troy women’s basketball hosts South Alabama. Tipoff is set for 5:15 p.m. at Trojan Arena. Each team has won three of its last four games.

Live stats, live video and a FREE live audio broadcast will all be available through TroyTrojans.com. Fans in the Troy area can also hear the broadcast on WTBF 94.7 FM. For live, in-game updates on Twitter follow @TroyWomensBBall.

Troy women’s basketball is encouraging fans to wear red to support the “Go Red for Women” campaign. The campaign’s goal is to raise awareness for heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in the United States.

Troy (7-13, 3-6) has won three of its last four games with the lone loss coming at Texas State in overtime. Troy’s most recent game was an 83-65 rout of Sun Belt leader Arkansas State on Saturday.

The Trojans have scored at least 80 points in their four games, the first such streak for the program since the 1996-97 when Troy scored 80-plus in six straight games. Troy is averaging 80.4 points per game this season, tops in the Sun Belt and 18th in the NCAA.

With the offense clicking, Troy’s defense has also been a key in the last four games. Over that span, Troy’s opponents are averaging 72.4 points per game (Troy averaging 84.4), shooting 33 percent from the field (Troy shooting 44 percent) and 27 percent from deep (Troy shooting 37 percent).

Joanna Harden is leading the Trojans and the Sun Belt in scoring, averaging 25.2 points per game, the fourth best mark in the NCAA. Harden is just 21 points away from scoring her 1,000 career point. She would be the 20th player in Troy history to do so, and just the third to do so in a two-year career.

South Alabama (7-12, 5-4) has also won three of its last four games, including a 61-56 win over UALR on Saturday at home. The Jaguars got 17 points from Meghan Dunn and 19 from Breanna Hall in that game.

Dunn leads the Jaguars in scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game. She is the only player averaging double-figure scoring, but three others average over 8.0 per game. Ronneka Robertson averages 8.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, the third best mark in the Sun Belt.

Troy is 14-19 all-time against South Alabama, but just 3-15 since moving to the Sun Belt in 2005-06. South Alabama won both regular season meetings last year, but Troy defeated the Jaguars in the first round of the Sun Belt Championships.
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