Oct. 25, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Head coach Wendell Hudson met with members of the media on Thursday at the Southeastern Conference's annual tipoff gathering. The day-long event gave local, regional and national media the opportunity to sit down with coaches and student-athletes from each of the 14 SEC institutions to address the upcoming season.
Hudson entertained the media contingency for approximately two hours, addressing a variety of questions. Much of the talk was about expectations and this year's team, which Hudson believes has the potential to be something special.
"Our entire team dynamic will be different in a good way," said Hudson. "The chemistry has been so important for us. Everyone is realizing we have more players that can contribute, which is making them go full speed all the time. If you look at how we played last year with the limited amount of players, we were in most of those games. We just couldn't finish. Now, we have 14 players with 10 or 11 we believe will play on a regular basis. We are really excited for the season and feel like we will be competitive in the SEC."
In addition to general comments about the team, Hudson keyed in on two players that he believes will be impact performers for the Crimson Tide in Kaneisha Horn and Daisha Simmons. Horn, a 2011 Freshman All-SEC honoree, sat out last season while recovering from ACL surgery. Simmons also sat out due to NCAA rules after transferring from Rutgers. Horn gives Alabama a much-needed presence inside, while Simmons will fill the Tide's void at the point guard position.
"Kaneisha is a competitor, and she really understands the game," said Hudson. "I'm really excited about her being back. With Daisha, I really think we finally have a true point guard that can compete with all the point guards in the SEC."
Alabama has 11 more days until it plays in its lone exhibition game on Monday, Nov. 5, when it hosts Stillman at 6:30 p.m. CT in Foster Auditorium. The Tide's first regular-season contest will take place on Sunday, Nov. 11 against Jacksonville State. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. CT.
Season tickets are currently on sale for $40. Single-game tickets will go on sale Oct. 29, for $5 each. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or by calling the Alabama Ticket Office at 1-877-TIDETIX (843-3849).
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