Alabama Advances to WNIT Elite Eight with 79-64 win over Houston
The Alabama women’s basketball team earned a 79-64 win over the Houston Cougars in the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Thursday night.
“Just proud of our team, this time of year to still be playing is a compliment to their energy and effort,” said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. “I thought we had a lot of different people step up and make plays all night.”
After the Cougars opened the game up with a three-pointer, the Tide responded with an 11-0 run grabbing the momentum in Coleman Coliseum early. The Tide continued to find success offensively, taking a 24-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Houston started to find some rhythm in the second quarter, shooting 66.7% from the floor. The Cougars would take a late lead, but Alabama’s Megan Abrams hit a triple at the buzzer, tying the game at 40 right before the half.
After a slow start to the second half for both teams, the Tide hit fourteen free-throws in the third quarter outscoring the Cougars 22-6. The Tide took a 62-46 lead into the final frame.
Houston battled back to cut the Alabama lead to single digits, 69-60, with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter, but that is the closest they would get for the remainder of the game. The Tide closed the game with a pair of three-pointers and six free-throws, securing the 79-64 win.
Three Alabama players scored in double figures including Megan Abrams (18), Brittany Davis (18), and JaMya Mingo-Young (17).
Up next, Alabama travels to South Dakota State for the WNIT Elite Eight on Sunday.
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