Nov. 3, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
The women's basketball team will play its lone exhibition game of the season on Monday, Nov. 4, when it hosts West Alabama at Foster Auditorium. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT and admission is free.
FOLLOWING THE TIDE
Fans can follow Monday’s game on Gametracker or watch live on TideTV by visiting RollTide.com. In-game updates will also be available on Twitter via @AlabamaWBB.
The Crimson Tide, under the direction of first-year head coach Kristy Curry, welcomes back six letterwinners from a season ago and eight newcomers to its roster for the 2013-14 season. Alabama went 13-18 overall a season ago while holding a 2-14 mark in Southeastern Conference play.
West Alabama will have a different look this year, having to replace nine players, including all five of its starters from a year ago. The Tigers lone returnees combined for 3.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last season. The 2012-13 squad went 14-15 overall and 7-11 in the Gulf South Conference, placing second in the league.
Kristy Curry enters her first season as head coach on the Alabama sidelines after spending seven seasons in the same position at Texas Tech (2006-13). Prior to her stint in Lubbock, she spent seven years as head coach of the Purdue Boilermakers (1999-2006). Curry’s teams have made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the championship game in 2001, in addition to winning two Big Ten regular season titles and compiling nine 20-win seasons. She holds an overall coaching record of 309-149.
West Alabama is under the direction of Craig Roden, who enters his seventh season as head coach of West Alabama and 24th overall. Roden is seven victories away from reaching the 300-win milestone in the Gulf South Conference, which has only been accomplished by Delta State coach Lloyd Clark. Roden enters Monday’s game 97-73 at West Alabama and 331-303 overall.
Returning for Alabama are its two top scorers from last year in Daisha Simmons (12.4 ppg) and Shafontaye Myers (10.7 ppg) as well as Briana Hutchen, Brittany Jack, Nikki Hegstetter and Emily Davis. They are joined by junior college transfers Khadijah Carter and Sharin Rivers, redshirt freshman Jasmine Steele and true freshmen Oceana Hamilton, Courtney Hunter, Brooksie McGraw, Karyla Middlebrook and Ashley Williams.