By Drew Hill
The Alabama women’s basketball team’s season came to a close on Sunday with a 76-66 loss to Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals of the Women’s NIT.
Earlier in the week, the Crimson Tide defeated Tulane 72-64 to avenge its first-round WNIT loss to the Green Wave one season ago. Alabama received contributions from all over in that game, having four players score in double figures. Alabama led the Tulane comfortably for the majority of the game, before the American Athletic Conference competitors made a strong effort in the final 10 minutes.
The win over Tulane pushed UA to new heights within the last 15 years. Kristy Curry’s team advanced deeper into the postseason than any team under her guidance at Alabama the last four seasons. It won two SEC Tournament games, along with three games in the WNIT, to give the Crimson Tide a total of 22 wins on the season, the program’s highest total since 1998.
Leading the way in the postseason was junior forward Ashley Williams. Williams earned two of her three double-doubles for the season in the WNIT, and scored in double figures all four games. She finished ahead of her Alabama teammates in both scoring and rebounding across that span as well, with 62 points and 42 rebounds.
“It’s been a fun opportunity to be one of the 32 teams that have been continuing to practice,” Curry said. “I really loved how our team has approached it.”