The Alabama women’s basketball team has released its non-conference schedule, and the game list includes 10 home games, two away games and one neutral venue game against Duke.
Alabama head coach Kristy Curry is excited about the coming season, especially what the team brings to the table.
“What I like is their [student-athletes’] work ethic, their chemistry and their dedication to being great in all areas, ”Curry said in an interview with Eli Gold on Tide 100.9. “We’re bigger, we’ve got depth and they’re very talented.”
The team will host an Alabama-Huntsville exhibit just before the season opens on Thursday, November 4.
Alabama’s 10 home games will be played at the Coleman Coliseum. This is the sixth season that the women’s team will play home games at the stadium. Alabama opens its season Nov. 9 with a three-game homestand.
His first opponent is Charleston Southern. Tulane is coming to visit on November 14 and Southern Miss will close the homestand on November 17.
The Crimson Tide then travels to the Lone Star State for the Maggie Dixon Classic in Fort Worth. Alabama will face Duke on November 21.
The Maggie Dixon Classic is an annual event held in memory of her namesake, the former Army Black Knights’ women’s basketball coach. On April 6, 2006, Dixon passed away suddenly due to undiagnosed heart disease. While with the Black Knights, the team played their first Patriot League championship and their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance.
After the trip to Texas, the team returns to the Coleman Coliseum for a five-game home stay. The day before Thanksgiving, Alabama begins the homestand with a clash against Mercer, who made the 2021 NCAA tournament.
The stretch resumes after Thanksgiving, as the team will host Western Carolina on November 26. The homestand ends with Bethune-Cookman on November 28, Memphis on November 30 and Houston on December 3.
Alabama hits the road for a Dec. 5 clash against Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and returns to the Coliseum on Dec. 13 to welcome Sam Houston.
Alabama will end the regular season with a road game against Little Rock on December 16 and a home game against Winthrop on December 20.
Alabama enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in more than two decades last season, racking up a 17-10 record in 2020-21. It was the fewest losses for the team since going 24-10 in 1997-98. Alabama also won eight league games for the second consecutive season, which has not been achieved since the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.
In SEC action, Alabama got off to a hot start, winning five of its first seven SEC games for the first time since the 1997-98 season. This included a victory over No. 14 Mississippi State on Jan. 14 (86-78).
The team finished the season first in the league in free throw percentage (75.4%) and second in the league in 3 points (224) and 3 points per game (8.3). Alabama also made their first appearance in an NCAA women’s tournament since 1999.
In addition to the team’s success, forward Jasmine Walker was selected as the seventh overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. Walker became the first Alabama female basketball player to be drafted since 2005, when she was only the second to make the first round, behind Tausha Mills.
Alabama’s 14-person roster includes eight returning starters. The squad also has two returning seniors, Hannah Barber and Megan Abrams. The team adds six newcomers, including two freshmen and four transfers.
The 16-game Crimson Tide conference lineup, along with tip times and TV designations, will be announced at a later date.