Crimson Tide looks to improve 4-0 with win against North TexasBy Mary Grace Showfety | 11/18/2012 11:00pm
The Alabama women’s basketball (3-0) team will look to continue its winning streak in their Monday match against North Texas in Foster Auditorium.
The Crimson Tide has beaten each of its opponents by nine points or more every game, including a close game on the road against Houston last week.
Head coach Wendell Hudson said the team did not play as smart as it could have but was still successful.
“We missed so many shots early,” Hudson said. “The first five minutes of the basketball game are so important. If we had made some of those easy shots that we had, the tempo of the game might have changed.”
Junior Shafontaye Myers said missed shots kept the game close.
“We came out aggressive and strong,” Myers said. “Even though we didn’t make many shots we kept going. A win on the road is really big though because we had to deal with that kind of adversity as a team.”
The Tide is eager to get back on the court for tonight’s game. One goal for the season, they said, is to remain undefeated in all non-conference games, which is still a real possibility.
“As far as effort is concerned, I have no question that this team is going to play hard every game,” Hudson said.
Effort will be key tonight as the Tide looks to take back its home court.
In the last meeting between Alabama and North Texas, the Tide fell 69-63 to the Mean Green.
“We went out there and played last year and did not play very well,” Hudson said. “They’re a good basketball team. They’re going to be an exciting team and come in with a lot of excitement coming to Alabama. They’re also really athletic, which will give us a test to try to match their athletic ability.”
With the season underway, the Tide is still slowly adding aspects to its game offensively as well as defensively.
“We’re doing the things that we do in practice, and I think that’s one of the keys to any good program,” Hudson said. “If you’re not doing the things you do in practice, you’re letting the game change the way you play.”
Hudson said missing shots is not just a problem during the game, but the team has been plagued by missed shots during practice as well.
Aside from making the open shot, Myers said she hopes the Tide can rebound better, keeping the opponent from getting a second shot opportunity.
North Texas (0-2) makes the trip to Tuscaloosa after two close losses to Texas State and SMU.