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Alabama Women’s Basketball back in the NCAA Tournament; will face UNC in first round

After 22 seasons, the Alabama women’s basketball team is dancing in March.
Credit: Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After 22 years, the Alabama women’s basketball team is dancing in March.

The Crimson Tide was named the No. 7 seed in the Hemisfair Region and will face No. 10 seed North Carolina in the first round. 

Alabama women's basketball earned an at-large bid in the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, its first since the 1999 season. The Crimson Tide heads to the Big Dance as a No. 7 seed and will take on 10th-seeded North Carolina in Monday's first round. The game will tip at 11 a.m. CT on the Alamodome South Court on ESPN.

NCAA Tournament Notes

  • Alabama is making its 11th appearance in the NCAA tournament and first since 1999.
  • The Crimson Tide made eight consecutive trips from 1992-99 after its initial two in the 80s (1984, 88).
  • Alabama is 16-10 in the NCAA tournament, with its deepest run coming in 1994 when it advanced to the Final Four.
  • Head Coach Kristy Curry is taking her third team to the NCAA tournament after having made trips to the Big Dance at Purdue (2000-06) and Texas Tech (2011, 13).

The Series

  • The Tide and Tar Heels will be meeting for the 11th time in the series and second in as many years.
  • Alabama won the last matchup, 83-77, in Tuscaloosa on Dec. 15, 2019.
  • Ironically, the two teams met the last time the Tide played in the NCAA tournament, with the then-11th ranked Tar Heels winning, 70-56, in Chapel Hill in the second round of the 1999 tournament.