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The Crimson White

Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

Alabama hosts rival Auburn in its yearly Pink Game


In college sports, rivalries are amplified due to fan’s personal connections to the schools. Residents of the state of Alabama see the rivalry between Alabama and Auburn everywhere. Being the two largest schools in the state, most people either cheer for one or the other and every sport is important.

This Sunday, Feb. 7, the women’s basketball teams of Alabama and Auburn will add yet another chapter in this historic match up, with Auburn currently on a two game win streak against the Crimson Tide. This rivalry is not only important to the fans but the players as well.

“It is time,” said sophomore Hannah Cook. “It is time to beat them on our home court.”

In last year’s game between these two teams in Tuscaloosa, a brawl broke out near the end of the first half, resulting in two players being ejected.  That installment in the rivalry saw Alabama pick up a 51-50 victory over the Tigers. 

The hatred in this rivalry extends past just football. The fans want to see their team beat the other in anything, whether its women’s basketball, men’s golf, softball or baseball. This game, which is Alabama and Auburn’s second matchup of the year, falls on a Sunday afternoon, where the crowd is expected to come out in numbers. 

The game is also the Crimson Tide’s pink game, where they honor and support those who are going through breast cancer or those who have lost their lives to the disease. For Alabama, this game is extra special for that reason. This game reminds them that it is more than just a game and can make a difference.

“Cancer has touched all of us,” Curry said. “Especially the different types of female cancers. None of us have anyone that we don’t know who has been affected. It has touched all of us. We just want to do our part to raise awareness and give back to the cause in any way we can.”

Alabama enters this game coming off of a win at home against Ole Miss, where it improved its record to 14-9 overall, and 3-7 in the SEC. In its last matchup against the Auburn Tigers, the team fell short on the road, losing to the Tigers 72-59. 

“We are excited to be at home on a Sunday,” Curry said. “It is our pink game, and that has touched everyone in the locker room in many different ways. We need to come out with a lot of energy and effort and just defend our home court.”

On the other side, Auburn enters this game ahead of the Crimson Tide in the SEC standings, having a 5-5 record in conference play and a 15-8 record overall. The Tigers are led by head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, who is in her sixth season as general of the team. She currently has a 194-156 record overall, including three tournament appearances and two sweet sixteens. 

The series is currently at 47-36 in favor of the Auburn Tigers, who have won two straight against Alabama. Curry does not let this rivalry go to her head, as she believes it just a game on the schedule.

“The big thing for me is that it is just the next game,” said Curry. “To grow as a team and win two league games in one week. Those things are important. We just have so much respect for their program and so much respect for the rivalry.”

For Alabama, it is are looking to continue to build off of its most recent SEC win and continue to improve each game. Sophomore Meoshonti Knight belives this game is important for the team to continue to get better.

“It is really exciting for them to come back to our place,” Knight said. “So we can have that crowd and everybody getting into it.

Alabama and Auburn will compete for in-state bragging rights on Feb. 7 at 1 pm CT in Foster Auditorium.

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