TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The women’s basketball team welcomes North Alabama to Foster Auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 9, for the Crimson Tide’s lone exhibition contest of the 2014-15 season. Game time is set for 2 p.m. CT, and admission is free.
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Alabama will look to build on the foundation it put down a year ago, climbing from the bottom of the Southeastern Conference standings to a tie for sixth place in the league. Along the way the Crimson Tide enjoyed some big wins, including at No. 9 Kentucky, 57-55, for the program’s first victory in Lexington since 2002 and first road W against a top-10 team since 1998 as well as its first win in program history at Vanderbilt. Alabama also closed the regular season with a 78-60 victory over No. 23 LSU, its first win against the Tigers since 2002.
North Alabama returns four starters who together averaged 11.2 points per game last season. The Lions finished with a 15-13 record last year and finished fifth in the Gulf South Conference.
Alabama head coach Kristy Curry has a history of success in her fifteen year career. Nine of her teams have made the NCAA tournament, including a trip to the 2001 championship game while coaching at Purdue. With the Boilermakers, she won two Big Ten regular season titles. She holds an overall coaching record of 323-165 and has led nine teams to 20-win seasons.
The Lions are led by head coach Missy Tiber. In her 13 years as a head coach, she holds a 201-170 record. She achieved her 200th win on March 1, 2014, in an 87-84 win over the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
The Tide returns three of its five starters from a season ago including sophomore Ashley Williams, who averaged 12.4 points per game in 2013-14. Williams is joined by fellow returning starters in junior Nikki Hegstetter and senior Sharin Rivers. Karyla Middlebrook, who started seven of nine games before sitting out the remainder of the season with a hip injury, also returns, as well as senior Briana Hutchen, junior Khadijah Carter and sophomore Oceana Hamilton. Alabama welcomes five newcomers including sophomore transfer Breanna Hayden, who will be eligible December 14, and true freshmen Quanetria Bolton, Hannah Cook, Meoshonti Knight and Diamante Martinez.
SCOUTING NORTH ALABAMA
The Lions return leading scorer junior Jennifer Towne (391 points) and senior Lauren Farris, who was selected as a preseason All-GSC member in the annual GSC preseason coaches’ poll. Farris averaged 14.9 points per game last year before suffering a season-ending injury on Jan. 30 at West Georgia. The team will welcome six newcomers including five freshmen.
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