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Alabama Women’s Basketball Uses Balanced Team Effort to top Mississippi Valley State, 93-44...

on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Crimson Tide Women's Basketball:

Freshman Jordan Lewis led Alabama with 21 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, while sophomore Shaquera Wade notched her first double-double with 15 points and 11 boards in a 93-44 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Monday night in Coleman Coliseum. With the win, the Crimson Tide moves to 2-0 on the season, while the loss drops the Devilettes to 0-1.

"I think it's often that coaches look at not only how you lose but how you win,"
said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. "I really thought there was a big difference in how we won the game tonight. We've really improved in a couple of days." 

"I didn't like the way we won the other night. I think our kids really responded on some improvement areas. For whatever reason, great teams find ways to win, but the great ones also improve from wins. You can learn a lot, and I thought our kids really learned a lot the past couple of days in some effort and energy areas."

Joining Lewis and Wade in double figures for Alabama was freshman Ashley Knight, who scored 12 points in her second consecutive game, junior Hannah Cook, who finished with 11 points, and junior Quanetria Bolton, who added 10 points in her first game this season. 

Seven for the Tide had two or more assists, while eight recorded at least one steal. Bolton and Knight combined for nine of Alabama's 12 blocks. Senior Christina Reed was the top scorer for the Devilettes, finishing with 15 points.

The Tide led from the get-go after Cook knocked down a three pointer to get UA on the board first. The lead reached double digits at the 4:31 mark of the first quarter following a pair of free throws from junior Meoshonti Knight. Mississippi Valley State cut it down to five late in the quarter and would trail by eight, 21-13, at the end of the opening frame, after Wade connected on a buzzer beater from the three-point line.

UA held the Devilettes to only eight points in the second quarter to extend its advantage to over 20 points and would eventually take a 49-21 lead into the locker room at the half.

Another solid defensive stretch in the third by the Tide limited Mississippi Valley State to a second straight eight-point quarter, setting the score at 68-29 heading into the final period.

More of the same occurred in the fourth, where Alabama extended its lead to as many as 50 points.

As a team, UA connected on 52.5 percent (32-61) of its attempts from the floor, while Mississippi Valley State made 21.9 percent (14-64) for the game. The Tide outrebounded the Devilettes, 55-39, and outscored Mississippi Valley State 46-12 in the paint. Alabama also got 32 points from its bench.

"We really had great balance,"
added Curry. "To have five in double figures and two with eight, that's a game win. We got a lot tougher and stronger and increased the lead and increased the rebound margin. Credit to our kids. I thought these three [Jordan Lewis, Shaquera Wade and Ashley Knight] were just outstanding. It was a great team effort."
Alabama will play its third game in a week on Thursday when it hosts Lipscomb at Coleman Coliseum. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. CT start on SEC Network +.

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