Alabama vs Tulsa
When: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. CT
Where: Tempe, Arizona
Records: Alabama 5-1; Tulsa 4-3
Radio: 100.1 FM
The Alabama women’s basketball team is on a hot streak as it has won its last four games by an average of 12.75 points.
In its last time out the Crimson Tide hit a season-high 12 3-pointers against the Stetson Hatters with senior Shaquera Wade hitting four.
Now the Crimson Tide travels to Tempe, Arizona, for the Arizona State Classic with Tulsa (4-3) as its first opponent. Alabama will play either No. 19 Arizona State or Louisiana Tech on Sunday.
“We have a chance to go get better this weekend,” head coach Kristy Curry said.
It’s the first-ever meeting between Tulsa and Alabama.
The Golden Wave, on a three-game win streak, finished just 10-21 last year, but brought back most of its scoring (77 percent) and rebounding (88 percent) from last year’s squad.
Offensively, Tulsa is led by forward Crystal Polk, who averages 13.6 points, and guard Alexis Gaulden, who scores 13.4 points a game. Polk also brings down a team-high 6.6 rebounds a game.
Arizona State’s (3-2) seniors play a big role for the No. 19 team in the country. Forward Kianna Ibis leads in scoring (12.4), while forward Sophia Elenga leads the Sun Devils in rebounding (8.4).
Louisiana Tech (4-2) has three players that average double-figure scoring, led by guard Kierra Anthony (22.5). Junior Grayson Bright leads the team in rebounding (7.2).
Curry said after the win against Stetson that the Crimson Tide won’t have an off day till next Saturday (Dec. 8). As this is the second time her young team is going on the road, Curry is worried about the team’s ability to focus on the little things, like practicing on the road.
“This stretch is going to show nothing but our toughness and maturity,” Curry said. “I’m concerned with our maturity, and I’m concerned about our toughness, and how hard we’re going to have to play every possession to be successful this weekend and upcoming.”
Tip between the Crimson Tide and Tulsa is set for 4:30 p.m. CT