Coatney's Call: Alabama Preview
Monday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. (central)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)
Live Premium Video: BTN.com (from NET)
Radio: Husker Sports Network
(Matt Coatney-PBP; Jeff Griesch-Analyst)
(107.3 FM-KBBK, Lincoln; 93.3 FM-KFFF, Omaha; 1400 AM-KCOW, Alliance; 94.1 FM-KNEB, Scottsbluff; 1230 AM-KHAS, Hastings; 1400 AM-KBRB, Ainsworth )
Internet: Free live audio on Huskers.com
What a great start to the season for the Nebraska women’s basketball team. Playing in front of the largest home non-conference crowd ever, the Huskers christened their new home, the Pinnacle Bank Arena, in style with a 77-49 win over No. 25 UCLA.
After finishing 13-18 last season and only winning two SEC games, Alabama is entering a new era with a new coaching staff. The Crimson Tide returns six letterwinners and has added eight newcomers. Alabama started the regular season with an 82-70 loss at Chattanooga Friday night.
Guard Daisha Simmons, a 5-10 junior, led Alabama in points (12.4), assists and steals last season and was second in blocks. She started 30 of Alabama’s 31 games and led the team in scoring 13 times and rebounding six times. She started her career at Rutgers and transferred after her freshman season. Simmons had 15 points against Chattanooga Friday night.
Shafontaye Myers, a 5-8 senior guard, set a school record with 287 three-point field goals attempted last season. She was second on the team in scoring (10.7 ppg). Myers made 3-of-6 three-point attempts in the season-opening loss at Chattanooga, and had a team-high 19 points and six rebounds.
A key to the Crimson Tide lineup is 6-2 sophomore forward Nikki Hegstretter. She also made six starts last year and averaged 2.6 points per game, but exploded for a career-high 16 points Friday night against Chattanooga. Briana Hutchen, a 6-1 junior, also transferred from Rutgers after her freshman season. She made six starts in 2012-13 and averaged 2.7 points per game.
Freshman Kayrla Middlebrook rounds out Alabama’s probable starting lineup. The point guard was a two-time Missouri All-State selection for Blue Spring High School.
First-year Alabama coach Kristy Curry comes to Tuscaloosa after a seven-year stint as head coach at Texas Tech. Curry previously was at Purdue for seven seasons, and led the Boilermakers to an NCAA runner-up finish in 2001.
Nebraska won the only previous meeting between the two schools, 74-66 in Lincoln in the 1997 Preseason WNIT.
I cordially invite you to join Jeff Griesch and me for Nebraska women’s basketball on the Husker Sports Network. Our radio broadcast Monday night begins with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. (central) with the tip-off scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on the Husker Sports Network including KBBK (B107.3) in Lincoln, KFFF 93.3 in Omaha, KHAS 1230 in Hastings, KBRB 1400 in Ainsworth KNEB 94.1 in Scottsbluff and KCOW 1400 in Alliance. All Husker women’s basketball broadcasts are also available for free worldwide on the internet at www.huskers.com. I hope you can join us.
There are a number of ways to get enhanced information about our broadcast and Husker women’s basketball via social media. You can learn more about the team on the Nebraska Women’s Basketball Facebook page or follow the team on their official Twitter page @huskerswbb. I also invite you to friend me on Facebook (Matt Coatney) or follow me on Twitter @coatman1.
Go Big Red!