There’s a first time for everything, though you may have to wait a long time for some of those things. But here’s one: The Alabama and Little Rock women’s basketball team are meeting for the first time in program history.
After winning first round games in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, Alabama (20-13) will host Little Rock (25-8) at 2 p.m. CDT Sunday in Coleman Coliseum. Tickets are $5 and available at RollTide.com or in the lobby ticket office in Coleman Coliseum beginning at noon Sunday.
Alabama opened WNIT play with an 81-57 win over Mercer, which put the Crimson Tide of Coach Kristy Curry at the 20-win mark for the first time since the 1998-99 season. Alabama is making its sixth appearance in the WNIT and has a 5-6 record in the tournament.
Bama is led by Hannah Cook, averaging 11.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Meoshonti Knight averages 11.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg, while SEC Freshman of the Year Jordan Lewis averages 9.7 ppg. Ashley Williams leads Bama in rebounding at 6.2 per game and Ashley Knight has 79 blocked shots.
The Tide averages 68.5 points per game and allows 60.9.
Little Rock defeated Southern Miss, 72-62, in Thursday’s first round game. The Trojans had five in double figures, led by senior Kaitlyn Pratt’s 18 points off the bench. Little Rock shot 53.6 per cent.
The Trojans won the Sun Belt Conference championship and are led by Sun Belt Player of the Year Shardé Collins, who averages 15.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. She is joined in double figures by Pratt, who averages 14.3 points per game. Freshman Kyra Collier leads the team in rebounds at 6.8 per game, while junior Monique Townson dishes out a team-best 4.2 assists per contest.
Little Rock averages 62.1 points per game while giving up only 55.2 points. The Trojans average 33.9 rebounds per contest along with 12.6 assists, 14.4 turnovers, 7.3 steals, and 1.9 blocks.
Little Rock is under the direction of Joe Foley, who is in his 14th season as head coach. Foley has earned four Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors, including this season, and has led the Trojans to at least 20 wins in 10 of the last 11 seasons and the postseason in nine of the last 10 seasons. He has been a head coach 29 years with an overall record of 745-233.