Women’s basketball tips off

Women’s basketball tips off

Friday, Coleman Colliseum will host both Alabama basketball teams for the first time since 2011. UA Athletics

“I’m super-duper excited,” senior Briana Hutchen said. “You want to play in that kind of venue, you want to play in front of all your fans and being able to play in front of the boys will help bring some fans to us.”

Hutchen said she hopes the game in Coleman will bring some fans over to Foster Auditorium. The team will have its first game in Foster on Sunday against the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils on SEC Network at 7 p.m.

“I think the kind of mindset we have to bring is, not to worry about whose name is on front of the jersey. I think if we play Alabama basketball and play the way we need to play every game and attack every game as if they are a top team in the nation, then playing against Duke won’t be a big deal,” Hutchen said.

Hutchen and the frontcourt positions played a large part in last Sunday’s exhibition victory against UNA. Hutchen, along with Ashley Williams, Oceana Hamilton, Diamante Martinez and Nikki Hegstetter, combined for 36 rebounds and 58 out of the 80 points scored. Alabama coach Kristy Curry said a big part of the game plan is to fight for offensive rebounds, which lead to easy baskets.

“Boards are just about everything. When you get a board it gives you another opportunity to score. So that is one of our goals to be the hardest working post in the country,” Hegstetter said.

At the guard position, Alabama will have two more players dressing out, Curry said.

“Hopefully knock-on-wood something doesn’t happen in the next two days to keep that from happening,” Curry said.

The men’s and women’s double header will begin with the women’s team playing Florida A&M at 5:30 p.m.

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