TUSCALOOSA, Alabama- The University of Alabama women’s basketball team will finally be back on their court for the first time in 25 days when they host Houston in the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Thursday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. CT at the Coleman Coliseum. The contest will air on SEC Network+, with Gray Robertson and Richard Hendrix on the call.
Tickets for the contest start at just five dollars and fans are encouraged to attend. Tickets can be purchased at RollTide.com, by calling (205-348-BAMA) or by visiting the TIDE PRIDE/Athletic box office.
- The first 200 students will receive free entry. Students must enter through the west doors (normal student entrance) and bring their ACT card.
- Alabama head coach Kristy Curry will buy pizza for the students present.
- Megan Abram will be recognized for becoming the 31st player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points 12 minutes before tip time.
Free parking is available for fans in the large parking lot adjacent to the Coleman Coliseum.
The Crimson Tide is 19-13 this season, including 6-10 in the Southeastern Conference and 11-6 in home games. The Tide have won seven of their last nine games, including five of their last six games. During that streak, the Tide picked up a pair of Associated Press Top 25 wins.
Alabama is less than a month away from a 2-1 record at the 2022 SEC Tournament, one of three teams to win at least two games at the event, joining the company of season champions. SEC Regular in South Carolina and SEC Tournament Champions in Kentucky.
In Alabama’s last appearance, it defeated Tulane, 81-77, in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 21. , knocking out the green wave in Round 2 of the WNIT. In that game, Alabama made nine 3-pointers to break the decade-old school record for three-point field goals with 249 in 2021-22. Megan Abram also scored 19 points to work his way into the 1,000 point club.
Brittany Davis, which leads the conference in three-point field goals per game (2.7) and three-point field goals (85), led Alabama in scoring all season, averaging 17 .4 points per game. Despite overcoming health challenges to begin conference action, Megan Abram found his rhythm, totaling 15.1 points per game, while JaMya Mingo-Young adds 11.5 points per game. Davis (7.1) and Mingo-Young (6.8) pace the Crimson Tide in rebounds.
Alabama and Houston met earlier this season, as the Crimson Tide beat the Cougars in the second quarter, 23-10, on 69.2% shooting to set the pace for the remainder of the game on Dec. 3. Alabama made 26 of 54 attempts from the field for their third straight game shooting over 45.0% at the time, while the Tide outshot the Cougs, 43-30, to win their fourth straight game. during the program, 77-67.
- Alabama will host Houston on Thursday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. CT at the Coleman Coliseum for WNIT Round 3.
- The Crimson Tide will be looking for their first 20-win season since 2017-18, which also happens to be the last time the Tide reached the WNIT quarterfinals.
- The Crimson Tide is 19-13 this season.
- The Tide went 6-10 in the Southeastern Conference.
- The Tide went 2-1 in the SEC tournament.
- The Crimson Tide was one of three teams to win at least two games in Nashville. The other two teams were South Carolina (SEC regular season champions) and Kentucky (SEC tournament champions).
- The Tide is 11-6 at home, including 9-1 in non-conference home games.
- The Tide have won seven of the last nine games, including five of the last six games.
- This run includes two top-25 wins, including the era loss. 12/8 Tennessee then-No. 24/21 Georgia.
- Alabama is coming off an 81-77 win at Tulane in WNIT Round 2 on Monday, March 21 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- In that game, Alabama broke the school’s three-decade-old three-point field-goal record in a single season, knocking down 249 3-point shots that season.
- In this game, Megan Abram reached the 1,000-point club, scoring 19 points for 1,009 career points, which ranks him 31st in all-time school history.
- Abrams will be recognized on center court 12 minutes before kick-off on Thursday.
- In this game, it was Alabama’s fourth time this season shooting 50.0 percent or better.
- During the SEC schedule, the Crimson Tide shot 39.1 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from long range, while averaging 65.2 points per game.
- In conference action, the Tide held opponents to 45.0 percent from the field and 30.2 percent from long range, while opponents averaged 72.5 points per game.
- Over the SEC schedule, three players have averaged double-digit scores in Brittany Davis (18.7), Megan Abram (13.1) and JaMya Mingo-Young (11.3).
- Overall this season, Davis is ranked third in the conference in finishing points (557) and fourth in points per game (17.4).
- Overall this season, Davis and Hannah Barber are ranked in the top six in the SEC for three-point field goals per game (2.7 and 2.2, respectively) and three-point field goals made (85 and 68, respectively).
- In fact, Davis is the SEC leader in both categories.
- During the SEC program, JaMya Mingo-Young led the team in rebounding average (7.0), followed closely by Davis (6.9).
- Megan Abram was named to the 2022 SEC Community Service Team on Wednesday, February 23.
- Brittany Davis was named to the 2022 All-SEC Second Team, for the first time in her career, on Tuesday, March 1.
- Houston is 18-15 overall this season, including 7-9 in the American Athletic Conference.
- The Cougars are 4-8 in road games.
- The Cougars have won four of their last five games, including a semifinal in their league tournament.
- During the AAC schedule, the Cougars shot 37.3 percent from the field and 27.4 percent from long range, as they averaged 59.6 points per game.
- In conference action, the Cougars held opponents to 39.9 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from long range, while opponents averaged 60.6 points per game.
- Two players have averaged in double digits during the AAC schedule, including Laila Blair (11.5) and Britney Onyeje (10.3).
- Tatyana Hill led the team in rebounding on the conference schedule (6.5).
- Houston leads its conference and ranks 16th in the nation in interceptions (336) and blocked shots (4.7).
Inside the series
- Alabama leads all-time meetings with Houston, 5-3, in a series that began in 1989.
- Alabama has won four straight meetings with Houston, including the last three in a row held in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- The two teams last met, the Crimson Tide defeated the Cougars, 77-67, on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at Coleman Coliseum, Game 5 of the Tide’s seven-game winning streak to close the non-conference schedule. .
- Alabama is 4-1 against Houston in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- More than four months after losing to the non-conference opponent in a close game, the Alabama women’s basketball team finally toppled Tulane, 81-77, in the second round of the National Women’s Invitational Tournament. in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Monday. The Crimson Tide improved to 19-13 (6-10) on the season, while the Green Wave fell to 21-10 (11-5) in 2021-22.
- In the process, Megan Abram hit the 1,000-point club after a third-quarter pull-up to help Alabama come within two points of Tulane. The senior has combined for 1,009 points in almost four seasons at the Capstone.
- Four starters turned in double-digit performances Monday, Abrams included, as the Crimson Tide shot 50.0 percent from the field on 24 of 48 shots. The Tide also made nine of 19 attempts from long range and 24 from his 27 attempts from the line.
- Brittany Davis led the team in scoring and rebounding, recording 22 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. More than half of his points came from the line, knocking down his 12 free throw attempts. Davis added four assists and a steal in 39 minutes of action. Mingo-Young scored 21 points on an impressive 7 of 9 from the field, including hitting a pair of three-point field goals, while she added six rebounds and three assists to her stat line. Abrams added 19 points en route to his fifth straight game scoring at least 19 points. Hannah Barber completed the quartet by renting 12 points thanks to four marks from distance. The senior also caught five rebounds off the glass.
- The game featured a balanced scoreline, which included 20 lead changes and nine draws. Tulane took its biggest lead in the game, seven points, late in the third quarter, but Alabama responded with a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter to gain momentum in the streak.
- Alabama had its fourth game this season shooting at least 50.0 percent from the field, while also outscoring the nation’s ninth-ranked rebounding team, 31-27.
Alabama’s history in the WNIT
- WNIT appearance is eighth in Crimson Tide program history and fourth under head coach Kristy Currywhile the Round 3 match marks Tide’s 20th match in the tournament.
- In its last tournament appearance, Alabama won three straight games at home before losing to Virginia Tech, 74-67, in the quarterfinals in Blacksburg, Va. on March 24, 2018. Alabama has reached the WNIT quarterfinals three times. in the history of the program, his best result in the tournament (2002, 2017 and 2018).
- Alabama is 13-7 in the WNIT.
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