Arlington, TX – The Crimson Tide Women entered the first college tournament weekend of the season with high ambitions. The Tide had one previous game, entering the weekend 0-1. They worked hard in preparation for the tournament, knowing they’d be taking on the defending champions in the University of Texas-Arlington Lady Movin Mavs. The competition began on Friday. In the first game, competing against the home team Texas-Arlington, the Tide had a great start scoring 12 and only allowing 7 points. The remainder of the game was much rougher as the UT-A experience shone through. The final score was UT-Arlington 54, Alabama Women 42. Saturday morning brought a second chance for the Alabama Women’s wheelchair basketball team; another matchup against UT-Arlington’s Lady Movin Mavs. Again, they won the first quarter and forced the Lady Movin Mavs to adjust the game plan. UT-Arlington came out blazing for the rest of the game, forcing several turnovers and shooting over 50%. The final score was UT-Arlington 65, Alabama Women 44.The Tide’s third game of the weekend was another tough matchup, this time against the Dallas women’s community team. This team is composed of several former collegiate athletes and three women who just returned from the Rio Paralympics with a Gold Medal. Alabama came prepared, scoring 23 in the first quarter and only allowing two field goals. Alabama battled through a tough press and other adjustments made by Dallas, playing relatively evenly through the second, third, and fourth quarters. Alabama prevailed, a final score of 55-45. The coaching staff is very proud of their young women this weekend. They played with a lot of heart and proved that they could improve through each competition. The weekend was a great opportunity to work different lineups and discover what we need in order to perform to our highest capability. The ladies showed an impressive willingness to battle every second of each game, as well as a positive group personality. “We’re very confident in the direction this team is headed”, said assistant coach Adam Kramer. The Alabama Women are now 1-3 Overall and 0-2 in Conference. The team is back in action on Saturday, November 19th at Lakeshore.
Adam Kramer – Alabama Women’s Assistant Coach