After nearly a month of practices Alabama women’s basketball coach Kristy Curry finally got her wish. The Crimson Tide was able to show off its depth in a 108-53 exhibition victory over Antelope Valley on Wednesday at Coleman Coliseum.
With every player on the roster from a season ago returning, Curry described the practices leading up to exhibition as “very competitive.” The fifth-year coach has made an early point that playing time will be earned this season because the Crimson Tide wants to go three deep at every position. At the end of the first quarter, Alabama already had 10 different players in the scoring column, and Curry’s team finished with 62 points off the bench.
The quick start snowballed into 10 players reaching double-digit minutes for the game, but that was aided by a lopsided score in which the Crimson Tide led by 26 points at halftime. The final two quarters were more uneven.
Alabama scored 30 points in both the third and fourth quarters to outscore the Pioneers 60-31 in the last 20 minutes.The Crimson Tide’s 108-point finish is the first time since Nov. 4, 2010 that the program has reached triple-digits.
Leading the way for the Crimson Tide was Ashley Knight, who scored 13 points and added seven rebounds and five blocks. Last season the sophomore set Alabama’s single-season record for blocks, finishing tied for the SEC lead.
Also scoring double-digit points were seniors Hannah Cook, NeNe Bolton, Meo Knight and Ashley Williams, four of players that Alabama depended on last season on the offensive end. Alabama aimed for five players finishing with double-digit points, and ended up surpassing that goal with seven.
Curry also hoped to improve her team’s shooting prior to this season, especially from the free-throw line, where the Crimson Tide led the conference in attempts last season. Alabama made 24 of 34 free throws for 70 percent, but made just 3 of 13 attempts from 3-point range.
The first regular-season game for Alabama will be on Nov. 10 against Alabama A&M.