By (Matthew Speakman)

On Wednesday, Alabama women’s basketball will travel to
Jacksonville, Fl. to participate in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The
Crimson Tide secured its position as the 12 seed in the tournament after
finishing with a conference record of 4-12.

The team will face off against LSU in its first match up of
the tournament.

“This group has to continue to grow and develop,” said
Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. “It is another step forward. We understand the
importance of this next week.”

The Crimson Tide has faced off against the Tigers once this
season, capturing a 62-45 in Foster Auditorium. That game was Alabama’s largest
margin of victory in its 16 conference games. Coach Curry believes the team can
take away from that performance on Jan. 3.

“We can draw a lot of positives from our first experience,”
she said. “We feel like we match up well with them. We are just excited about
the opportunity to take another step forward.”

LSU is one of two teams to finish below Alabama in the SEC.
During that matchup in early January, Alabama was able to take advantage of LSU’s
turnovers to lead to easy baskets on the other end.

Curry talked about how important it is to not rely on
turnovers, but to hit shots in the half court against LSU.

“We definitely have to do a great job of knocking down shots
against the zone,” she said. “We have to come out and attack the zone.”

Alabama is not only trying to advance in the conference
tournament, but the Crimson Tide is trying to establish a resume for other post
season tournaments. The team is trying to put itself in the best position to be
selected for tournaments like the WNIT.

“Our goal is to continue to improve every day and continue to
make a statement for the post season,” she said. “It is a brand new season for

The winner of the game between Alabama and LSU will move on
to face Kentucky in the second round on Mar. 3. Alabama and LSU will tipoff at
10 am CT on SEC Network.

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Source:: The Crimson White Sports