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Alabama amd Tulane meet in Coleman Coliseum in WNIT Thursday

Ashley Williams has averaged double-double in leading Alabama in WNIT

A year ago, the Alabama women’s basketball team had to travel to Tulane for a first round Women’s National Invitation Tournament game and the Crimson Tide was elimninated in the first round by a point.

This year, Alabama is the host team for Tulane in a third round WNIT contest which tips off at 7 p.m. CDT Thursday in Coleman Coliseum. Tickets are $6 and available at the lobby ticket office in the coliseum. (The first 100 students with ACT cards will be admitted at no charge.)

Alabama has won its first two WNIT games over Mercer and Arkansas-Little Rock, also in Tuscaloosa, and the Tide has improved its record to 21-13. Tulane is 18-14.

Junior Ashley Williams has paved the way for Alabama in the WNIT, averaging a double-double of 17.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

Coach Kristy Curry’s Crimson Tide has also gotten big performances from junior Hannah Cook and freshmen Ashley Knight and Jordan Lewis. Lewis, the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, snatched a rebound and made the putback for Bama’s last second win over Little Rock in the second round.

The Green Wave of Coach Lisa Stockton is led by junior Kolby Morgan and senior Leslie Vorpahl. Morgan averages a team-high 18.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while Vorpahl chips in 11.8 points and 6.2 assists per contest.

The most impressive performance by Tulane was likely a loss. The Green Wave fell by only three points, 63-60, to No. 1 ranked and undefeated UConn this season.

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