Alabama Women’s Basketball Dominates Gardner-Webb
A strong start and balanced effort led the Alabama women's basketball team over the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs 89-60 inside of Coleman Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
All eleven Crimson Tide players that entered the contest scored and four reached double figures in the game.
"I thought we did a really good job of getting off to a really good first and second quarter," said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. "The third and the fourth, not necessarily to our standard, but I do think that one thing that we did do with three games in seven days [is] we did keep hopefully some freshness [and] some things that can pay off down the stretch. Every minute that everyone gets right now really critical."
Alabama started the game hot on the offensive end connecting on six of its first seven shots. The Crimson Tide also dominated on the defensive end and the Runnin' Bulldogs could not find any success early, going 2-of-16 in the opening frame. Alabama led 25-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The Crimson Tide continued to increase its lead throughout the half taking a 45-18 lead at the break.
Gardner Webb started the second half strong, connecting on four its first five shots. Alabama responded with a 15-5 run highlighted by three three-pointers, two by Hannah Barber and one by freshman Karly Weathers, who appeared for the first time since the season opener after suffering an injury.
Brittany Davis had the only other three-pointer in the game as the Tide struggled from beyond the arc (4-of-15) in the mid day matchup.
The Crimson Tide opened the final frame with a 29-point lead and looked to close it out. Both teams scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and Alabama secured the 89-60 victory at home.
Top scorers for Alabama were Davis (13), Loyal McQueen (13), Barber (12), and Megan Abrams (10).
On the defensive end, Jada Rice was a force down low with four blocks and the team as a whole recorded 19 steals.
Layken Cox led the Runnin' Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points.
Up next, Alabama travels to Macon, Ga. to face off against the Mercer Bears on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6:00 p.m. CST on ESPN Plus.