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Alabama Hires Kristy Curry As New Women’s Basketball Coach

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Alabama has hired Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry as their new women’s basketball coach, the school announced on Sunday.

In seven seasons in Lubbock, Curry went 130-98, leading Texas Tech to two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Raiders finished this past season with a record of 21-11, losing to South Florida in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

"I am honored and thrilled to be the next women's basketball coach at the University of Alabama," said Curry. "The Alabama program has tremendous potential and I am very excited to get the chance to lead the Crimson Tide back to national prominence. I want to thank the Alabama administration for the confidence they have shown in me, and for giving me this opportunity. We leave Texas Tech with heavy hearts. Kelly and I owe our deepest gratitude to so many people in the Red Raider family. We will always be grateful to the Texas Tech fans, the administration, the faculty and, most of all, our players."

Before coaching at Texas Tech, Curry roamed the sidelines at Purdue for seven seasons, leading them to the NCAA tournament each season. In 2001, she led the Boilermakers to the title game, where they lost to Notre Dame, 68-66.

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