Nov. 29, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The women’s basketball team (5-2) will take on Quinnipiac (3-2) at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday in the last round of the Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge at 10 a.m. CT. The game is also the Crimson Tide’s final non-conference contest away from Tuscaloosa.
Sunday’s game will be televised on ESPN.com and the WatchESPN app with Pat O’Keefe (play-by-play) and Julianne Viani (analyst) on the call. The game can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Roger Hoover announcing the action. There will be live updates throughout the game available on Twitter @AlabamaWBB.
This is the first meeting between the Crimson Tide and Bobcats.
Alabama enters Sunday’s contest on a four game winning streak and will be looking to win its fifth in a row for the first time since it won five from Nov. 11-25, 2012. The Crimson Tide is coming off a 75-44 victory over Alabama A&M where sophomore Ashley Williams recorded a career-high 29 points in addition to a game-best 10 rebounds to pace UA. For the game, Alabama shot 50.8 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs, 45-28. Williams is currently second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring with a 20.4 point average per game, while leading the league in field goal percentage at .714. She is also 11th in rebounding at 7.9 boards per game, while redshirt freshman Karyla Middlebrook is ninth in assists at 4.1 per contest. Sophomore Oceana Hamilton ranks ninth in the league standings in blocks with 1.3 rejections per game.
Quinnipiac has won three of its five games this season, but most recently suffered a 112-52 loss at Notre Dame. In the game against the Fighting Irish, all 15 on the Bobcat roster saw playing time, and three finished in double figures led by senior Samantha Guastella, who had 17 points. For the season, Quinnipiac is led in scoring by senior Jasmine Martin with 14.0 points per game, while senior Val Driscoll contributes a team-best 7.0 rebounds per contest. The Bobcats are averaging 75.0 points per game and have done a decent job distributing the ball with 17.2 assists per contest.
Alabama head coach Kristy Curry has a history of success in her 15 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 328-167 and has led nine teams to 20-win seasons. Quinnipiac is led by Tricia Fabbri, who is in her 20th season as head coach of the Bobcats. Last season, she guided her team to its third straight 20-win season, second consecutive appearance in the conference title game and Quinnipiac’s third straight trip to a postseason tournament. Fabbri owns a 297-258 overall record.
WILLIAMS HONORED AS SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Ashley Williams was named the Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Nov. 24. The forward from Covington, Ga., averaged 21.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Crimson Tide last week and was instrumental in Alabama going undefeated at the Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge in Lawrence, Kan., picking up wins against Kansas, Georgetown and Temple. Williams scored 20 or more points in three of the four contests, including a career-high 26 against Jacksonville State earlier in the week and added her second double-double of the season and seventh of her career with 20 points and 11 rebounds versus the Owls. She was 72.1 percent from the floor, hitting 31 of 43 shots and averaged a team-best 31.8 minutes of action per game.
WILLIAMS NAMED TO NCAA.COM’S STARTING FIVE
Sophomore forward Ashley Williams notched a spot on NCAA.com’s Starting Five for her performances during the week of Nov. 17-23. Joining her on the team was Western Kentucky forward Chastity Gooch, St. John’s guard Danaejah Grant, Washington guard Kelsey Plum and Stanford guard Lili Thompson. Williams averaged 21.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the week, shooting 72.1 percent from the floor.
CRIMSON TIDE INKS TOP 25 CLASS
Alabama signed a top 25 recruiting class for next season that contains four talented playmakers in Taylor Doan, C’coriea Foy, Trista Magee and Shaquera Wade. The class, which is ranked 24th in the nation by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and fourth in the Southeastern Conference has a mix of all positions and features players from Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and North Carolina.