It was one final nod to last year's national championship season.

While the team has indeed turned the page to another year filled with new challenges, there was one final piece of business left over from last season. The national championship banner was unfurled high in the rafters of the Colonial Life Arena.

The team also received their SEC Championship rings before tipping off with Alabama State.

Once the ball was tipped, the defending national champions played like it in a 99-31 win over Alabama State. A'ja Wilson had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Penn State transfer Lindsey Spann scored 16 points in her debut.