For the first time during this current three-game stretch, the Alabama women’s basketball team has some recent film to watch on its next opponent: Lipscomb.
New Orleans and Mississippi Valley State both opened up their season against Alabama, so, in order to prepare, the Crimson Tide watched last season’s film.
“I’m excited because we actually have film,” said coach Kristy Curry. “It’s so important for our team to get into a regular routine. Because of an arena conflict, the game will be played here, not in Nashville, so we need to continue to take care of business and take care of our home court.”
Alabama leads the all-time series, 3-0, against Lipscomb, including last year’s 68-49 win. So far, Lipscomb is 0-2 with losses to Ole Miss and Loyola Maryland.
Both teams are currently being led in scoring by freshman guards, Jordan Lewis (16 points per game) for Alabama and Kaylee Cotton (9.5 points per game) for Lipscomb. For Lewis, this will be her first game since being named SEC freshman of the week. So far this year, she’s leading the team in points per game, rebounds, assists and shooting percentage.
Lipscomb likes to shoot three-pointers. The team has already shot 41 of them.
“Mainly, we have to defend the three-point shot,” said Alabama guard Hannah Cook. “We do need to play the penetrators and block out. Their post players can rebound very well, but mainly stop the three.”
Curry likes to see balance in the team’s scoring. Every game, she wants at least four players to reach double figures.
“The great teams have balanced scoring,” Curry said, “and we want to be one of those great teams that are constantly scoring with more than one player.”
Free throws have been a trouble area so far for the Crimson Tide. As a team, Alabama is shooting 61.5 percent right now compared to last year’s 70 percent.
“We’re going to have to be a team that shoots 75 percent from the line consistently,” Curry said. “Our goal is to make twice as many as our opponents shoot. We have to continue to be consistent. Its time, repetitions and focus. We feel that we’ve really been working on those.”
Alabama looks to stay undefeated after playing Lipscomb on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Source:: The Crimson White Sports