Alabama Women’s Basketball Opens Season in Convincing Fashion
The Alabama women’s basketball team opened the 2022-23 season with a dominant 98-51 win over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs.
"I'm really excited about this team, I love the way that we went about our business," said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. "We obviously are really excited about what this team can accomplish, but it all starts with buy-in and belief and just their toughness and hard they play."
Depth proved to be a huge factor for the Crimson Tide, after adding many new additions in the off-season. All twelve players that were available entered the contest before halftime and eleven of those twelve scored in the game.
Megan Abrams set the tone with an and-one and Brittany Davis scored the next six points as the Crimson Tide started the game on an 11-0 run. Five other players contributed to give the Tide a 29-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Davis began the second quarter with a three-pointer to keep the momentum going, but the Bulldogs held strong for the next several minutes. Alabama A&M went on a 16-10 run to cut the lead down to an 18-point difference, 42-24, with 1:33 left in the half. The Crimson Tide got back to its dominant ways to end the quarter putting together an 8-0 run spurred by back-to-back three-pointers from Davis and a steal and a layup by Abrams. Alabama took a 50-24 lead into the break.
Davis continued to pour it on in the third quarter hitting two more three-pointers to put her at seven total in the game. Davis finished the game with 26 points, going 8-of-11 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the three-point line.
“I felt good… it’s a team game, my teammates did a good job sharing the ball,” said Davis.
The fourth quarter saw freshman Karly Weathers get hot and enter double figures in her collegiate debut. Weathers ended the night with 15 points and four steals.
“The 15 points, someone has to get me the ball in order for me to score the ball and so I thought that we did a phenomenal job of sharing the ball tonight… that allowed me to do what I do,” said Weathers. “With me being the only underclassmen, it feels like I have a bunch of older sisters and they are there every step of the way to just encourage me and help me.”
Alabama finished strong, outscoring Alabama A&M 25-11 in the final frame, securing the 98-51 season opening victory.
Up next, the Tide travels to New Orleans to face off against the Tulane Green Wave. "Now the challenge is to let it go at midnight and get ready to go get another road win," said Curry. "It's a tough place to play at Tulane, they had a great win over Grambling... just have a lot of respect for their program."
Tipoff is set for Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. CST.