Women's Basketball Tips off Regular Season at Chattanooga on Friday



Nov. 7, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team opens its 2013-14 campaign on Friday, taking on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in McKenzie Arena. The game is slated to tip off at 6:30 p.m. CT.

The Crimson Tide and Lady Mocs will be meeting for the 11th time in program history and second in as many seasons. In last year's matchup at Foster Auditorium, Chattanooga ran away with the 72-58 victory, where it shot 40 percent (10-25) from three-point range.

Both Alabama and Chattanooga came out on top in exhibition contests Monday night as the Tide defeated West Alabama, 73-31, while the Lady Mocs edged Lee University, 46-44.

Fans can follow Friday's game by listening to WTSK 790 AM, following live scoring or watching live for a fee 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.

The veteran-clad Lady Mocs return 10 letterwinners from last year's squad that won the Southern Conference title and went 29-4 overall. Chattanooga is under the director of first-year head coach, and Women's Basketball Hall of Famer, Jim Foster, who previously spent 11 seasons at Ohio State.

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.

Chattanooga is under the direction of 2013 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Foster. Foster is in his first season at the helm of the Lady Mocs after spending 11 years at Ohio State, where he guided the Buckeyes to a school-record 10 consecutive NCAA tournaments. Foster has 35 years of collegiate head coaching experience and holds a 783-307 overall record.

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.

Chattanooga was selected by both league coaches and the media to repeat as Southern Conference champions in 2013-14, while Ashlen Dewart and Taylor Hall were both named to the Preseason-All Southern Conference Team and Dewart the Preseason Player of the Year.