15 November 2008
You won't see much women's basketball coverage here. Fact is, it wasn't that popular even when Niesa Johnson and Betsy Harris were helping Rick Moody lead Bama to the school's only Final Four appearance.
But, the fact is also that Wendell Hudson is a name that most Bama basketball fans know. On top of being the first African-American scholarship athlete at the University of Alabama in any sport, he was also an All-American for Bama men's hoops. In his first game as the head coach of Alabama's womens basketball team, the Tide scored win.
Sure, Alabama should beat a team like Centenary worse than the 64-55 final score from tonight. But for anyone who had to witness the last three years of games where Bama had more turnovers than made field goals, tonight was a nice thing to see.
What was also nice to see was people in the gym to watch a team that works its butt off. The official attendance listed in the box score was 1,926. There weren't that many people there, probably closer to half that. But since that number represents tickets sold, that must mean that Coach Hudson and his staff have pounded the pavement to get some folks to buy season tickets. But on a night when the weather was an issue, the opponent was not marquee, and the RVs took all of the parking at Coleman Coliseum there was a better crowd than has witnessed a Bama women's basketball game in at least two years.
So congratulations to the Alabama women's basketball team! And congratulations to Wendell Hudson for his first win as Alabama's head coach!