BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Alabama A&M women’s basketball team has a rather unique makeup for the 2014-15 season.
The Lady Bulldogs, who were 6-23 overall and 3-15 in SWAC play last season, boast a roster of one grad student, two seniors, eight juniors and three freshmen. There are no sophomores for second-year head coach Semeka Randall.
The Lady Bulldogs were picked to finish sixth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason poll.
The Lady Bulldogs entered the 2013 women’s basketball tournament as the No. 9 seed.
They defeated Alcorn State in the first round. Alabama A&M were eliminated the in the Quarterfinals by Southern University.
The Lady Bulldogs were picked to finish sixth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason poll this upcoming season.
Brittney Strickland, the grad student, will be the catalyst for the Alabama A&M offense.
The 5-foot-5 guard was named to the preseason All-SWAC second team. Last season, she finished sixth in the league, averaging 16.9 points per game and fifth in assist, averaging 3.2. She also led the conference in steals (2.7) and ended last season with a free throw percentage of .736, placing her in the top ten in the conference.
The Lady Bulldogs will also ride on a talented – and taller – junior class to contend in the Eastern Division. Randall has four players 6-foot and taller on the roster to help overcome last season’s glaring weakness under the boards.
The Lady Bulldogs open their season Friday, Nov. 14 at Southeast Missouri State and then visit Murray State on Sunday, Nov. 16.
Also on their road schedule, a pair of SEC schools. Alabama A&M visits Tuscaloosa to face Alabama (Nov. 26) and Oxford, Miss. to face Ole Miss (Dec. 20).
The home season opener is scheduled for Nov. 29 versus Louisiana Tech and first-year coach Tyler Summitt, the son of former Tennessee Lady Vols head coach, Pat Summit.