TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama women’s basketball program released its nonconference schedule for the upcoming season Wednesday, which features 10 home games, two road games and a neutral-site matchup against Duke at the Maggie Dixon Classic in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 21.
The Crimson Tide is eager to return to a traditional schedule for the 2021-22 season, boasting a competitive 13-game, regular-season schedule, paired with a rigorous 16-game Southeastern Conference schedule that will be announced at a later time.
Before the season opener, the program will host Alabama-Huntsville for an exhibition game on Thursday, Nov. 4.
For the sixth straight season, Alabama will host all 10 of its home games inside historic Coleman Coliseum. It all begins on Tuesday, Nov. 9, as the Crimson Tide opens its season with three straight home games – Charleston Southern (Nov. 9), Tulane (Nov. 14) and Southern Miss (Nov. 17).
UA will then travel west to Fort Worth, Texas, to square off with Duke at the Maggie Dixon Classic on Nov. 21.
The Maggie Dixon Classic is held annually in memory of the former Army Black Knights women’s basketball coach. On April 6, 2006, the women’s college basketball community lost a young Maggie Dixon, who died from an undiagnosed heart condition. Over the course of her six months as head coach at the United States Military Academy, she led the program to unprecedented heights; the Black Knights played in their first Patriot League Championship and Dixon led her team to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Tide will return home for a five-game homestand just in time for Thanksgiving, hosting Mercer (Nov. 24), a 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament team, Western Carolina (Nov. 26), Bethune-Cookman (Nov. 28), Memphis (Nov. 30) and Houston (Dec. 3). The program will go back on the road for a Dec. 5 appointment at Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn., before returning home Dec. 13 to host Sam Houston.
Closing out the regular season, Alabama will face Little Rock in Little Rock, Ark., (Dec. 16), before concluding the nonconference schedule by hosting Winthrop (Dec. 20).
The Crimson Tide’s 16-game conference line up, along with tip times and television designations, will be announced at a later time.
The program is coming off a pair of its most successful seasons in more than two decades. Despite operating within the confines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alabama put together a 17-10 record in 2020-21, posting its fewest losses since going 24-10 in 1997-98. The Crimson Tide also won eight league games for the second season in a row, a feat that has not been achieved since 1996-97 – 1997-98.
Alabama got off to a hot start in SEC action after winning five of its first seven SEC games for the first time since 1997-98, including a ranked triumph at No. 14 Mississippi State on Jan. 14 (86-78). UA concluded the season ranked first in the league in free-throw percentage (75.4) and second in the league in 3-pointers (224) and 3-pointers per game (8.3).
To conclude a historic season for the Crimson Tide, Jasmine Walker was selected as the seventh pick in the first round of the 2021 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. The standout forward became the first Alabama women’s basketball player to be drafted since 2005, while she was just the second to go in the first round behind Tausha Mills.
This season, Alabama’s 14-person roster will include eight returners, including two senior starters in Megan Abrams and Hannah Barber, and welcomes six newcomers, including two freshmen and four transfers.
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