The past week has been one filled with highs and lows. Women's wheelchair basketball won another National Championship, many teams found ways to win and even though hockey's season ended Thursday, the future is filled with excitement and opportunity for the Frozen Tide.
Alabama's Women's Wheelchair Basketball team won their fourth National Championship in the last seven seasons with a 58-52 win over Illinois. Alabama's men's team finished fifth. The Crimson Tide Wheelchair basketball teams are truly a dynasty, with five national titles between them.
Frozen Tide Hockey
Thursday night's 3-2 loss to Colorado State marked the end of a championship run for the Alabama Frozen Tide hockey team. But, even with the sting of defeat still fresh, Thursday also began a new era in Frozen Tide hockey. Beginning next season, Alabama will compete at the highest level of collegiate club hockey, ACHA Division I.
There is an air of excitement around this program. Alabama hockey has been very successful for the better part of the last decade. The Tide will move to Division 1 with no shortage of tradition. Recently, Arizona State's ACHA Division I club hockey team announced they were becoming a full varsity sport, set to compete in NCAA Division I and sign players to athletic scholarships. The precedent has been set for Alabama to make that jump. It may take two seasons or ten, but it is a safe bet to say the Frozen Tide will be competing at the NCAA level at some point in the future. And, as the flagship club sports program at Alabama, that move could be the catalyst many other club teams need to find the success the Frozen Tide have.
The Crimson Tide beat Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University to go 2-0 Saturday. In game one versus GSU, the Tide won 22-2. In game two, the Tide faced a much stiffer challenge in KSU but still won 13-5. Morgan Hunter and Jacquie Andreano led the way for Alabama.
Alabama split its games last weekend, beating North Texas, but losing to LSU. The Crimson Tide jumped out to an early lead against North Texas and never looked back, winning 14-5. The Tide played LSU close, but could never muster enough momentum to take the lead, losing 13-10. The Crimson Tide play again March 27 at Purdue University.
The Tide staged a 17-point comeback to tie with LSU last weekend. With LSU leading 29-12, Alabama roared back with 17 unanswered points, including a score with no time remaining. The Tide scored with 19 seconds remaining to make the score 29-24. 19 seconds later, Alabama tied the game at 29-29. Unfortunately, LSU stopped Alabama's conversion and the game ended in a tie. You can watch the full game here.