TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama women’s basketball held its first official team practice of the 2020-21 season on Wednesday afternoon at Foster Auditorium. Under head coach Kristy Curry, who is in her eighth season, the Crimson Tide began preparation to finish what was cut short last season.
“Today was putting that official stamp on the season being right around the corner,” said Curry. “I’m really proud of everyone in our program, especially our team. I love this group. We’re excited about our leadership, which starts with Jordan Lewis at the point guard and Jasmine Walker at the forward spot. The experience, toughness, grit, gratitude … they’re all about it. We’re returning four starters with a lot of experience, and with those two leading the way, we’re really confident about the direction our team is headed in this season.”
As Curry mentioned, Alabama returns four of its five starters including Megan Abrams, Ariyah Copeland, Lewis and Walker. The Tide also boasts several reserves that played valuable minutes last season including Hannah Barber, De’Sha Benjamin, Allie Craig Cruce, Brittany Davis, Ahriahna Grizzle and Destiny Rice.
Joining the returnees are five newcomers in Alana Busby-Dunphy, Myra Gordon, Keyara Jones, Ruth Koang and Taylor Sutton. Both Koang and Sutton are out for the 2020-21 season as Koang sustained an ACL tear and Sutton, the 2019 Conference USA Freshman of the Year, will sit after transferring from Middle Tennessee.
“We are (a) very competitive (team),” said Walker. “I feel like everybody can score the ball and everybody wants to win. Being that everybody wants to win, practice is competitive and hard.”
Alabama is coming off its best season under Curry as the Tide collected eight wins in Southeastern Conference play, the most since 1998, and defeated top-15 opponents in back-to-back games for the first time in program history with wins over No. 9 Mississippi State in Starkville, 66-64, and No. 12 Texas A&M, 76-63, in College Station. Alabama also swept the series against in-state rival Auburn for the first time since 2002 and posted the largest margin of victory for Alabama in Auburn with a 75-48 victory.
“Having that push and having that stretch of those big wins, we had the confidence in the team,” said Lewis. “I feel like they were at another level because they believed that we could do it as a team together.”
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