Nov. 24, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
The women’s basketball team (1-3) hosts Alabama A&M (0-3) on Monday in the Crimson Tide’s second home game of the 2013-14 season. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT in Foster Auditorium.
A craft station will be set up in the lobby of Foster Auditorium where kids can make their own turkey hats prior to tip off on Monday.
Monday’s game can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network on Tide 99.1 FM with Mick Gillispie calling the action. Fans can also follow online via live video feed or live scoring on RollTide.com or on Twitter @AlabamaWBB.
Alabama and Alabama A&M are meeting for the eighth time in series history and the first time since the 2010-11 season. The Crimson Tide has won all seven prior matchups, including a 67-62 decision in Coleman Coliseum in the previous meeting on Dec. 20, 2010. The last three games between the Tide and Bulldogs have been decided by an average of 7.0 points. Including Monday’s game, all eight contests have been played in Tuscaloosa, however this is the first in Foster Auditorium.
Alabama is 1-3 on the season after picking up its first win of the season last time out with a 70-62 victory against previously unbeaten Wisconsin. Prior to that victory in its first home game, the Crimson Tide had one of the toughest three-game road stretches of the season, playing at Chattanooga, at No. 15/12 Nebraska and at No. 2/2 Duke. Daisha Simmons leads Alabama in several statistical categories, including scoring (12.5 ppg), rebounding (6.0 rpg), assists (2.8 apg), steals (3.8 spg), blocks (0.8 bpg) and minutes (33.2 mpg).
Scouting Alabama A&M
Alabama A&M is 0-3 thus far with losses to Southeast Missouri (64-76), at Eastern Kentucky (69-89) and Auburn (49-77). Twin sisters Alyssa and Brittany Strickland have been the Bulldogs top point-producers this season, averaging 11.3 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. In its last game against the Tigers on Nov. 19, A&M hit nine of its 18 field goals from three-point range. The Bulldogs are averaging 27.0 rebounds per game, which is 17.3 less than its opponents.
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 310-152.
Alabama A&M is under the direction of first-year head coach Semeka Randall. Randall was named head coach of the Bulldogs on May 16, 2013 after spending five seasons at Ohio University where she compiled a 50-103 overall record. Randall made a name for herself as a standout guard for Tennessee, playing for the Lady Vols from 1998-2001. She earned Kodak First Team All-America honors in 1999 and was instrumental in Tennessee’s run to the 1998 NCAA Championship.