The University of Alabama women’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking, 64-61 defeat to the Hampton Pirates in their season opener on Wednesday night at Coleman Coliseum.

Pirates guard Makayla Timmons stunned the crowd, when she nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to cap off the win for the visitors.

“Credit to Hampton for hitting that shot there at the end,” head coach Kristy Curry said. “It seemed like we could not find the basket. We had 19 offensive rebounds and we could convert those into second chance points. You have to have enough toughness to make shots and for whatever reason, we were really cold and could not get any conversions.”

The Crimson Tide got off to a rough start, missing all 12 field goal attempts in the opening period. Free throw shooting for the Crimson Tide kept the game from turning ugly early on, as they went 11 of 14 from the charity stripe, keeping the Pirates lead to 17-11 after one quarter of action.

“I told them to stay positive,” Curry said. “I thought we were getting good looks, but it just became contagious. For the game we missed 18 layups and you are going to beat anybody missing 18 layups. It was just a bad night.”

The Crimson Tide offense came out of their slump in the second quarter, outscoring the Pirates, 18-6. Both forward Jasmine Walker and guard Brittany Davis had five points each to propel the home team to a 29-23 halftime advantage.

After the break, the Crimson Tide struggled to put the Lady Pirates away, as forward Nylah Young scored seven points during the visitors’ 15-10 run as the third period ended.

Leading up to Timmons’ dagger shot was a back and forth offensive battle in the final quarter that saw five lead changes in the final six minutes. The Lady Pirates caught fire from behind the arc in the last 10 minutes, hitting six of seven attempts.

Crimson Tide guard Jordan Lewis finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, but broke down defensively on the final shot when she fell for Timmons’ pump fake to get an open look at the basket.

“She hit a tough shot, but I do not think the game was defined on that play,” Lewis said. “There were several things we could have done differently. I started the game turning the ball over twice and as a point guard, I can not do that.”

The loss on Wednesday night marked the first time during the Curry era, that the Crimson Tide was defeated in a season opener at home. She was previously 5-0.

Next up for the Crimson Tide is a trip to Clemson to face the Lady Tigers next Tuesday night at 6.