Alabama Women’s Basketball Earns Big Road Win at Mercer
The Alabama women's basketball team defeated the Mercer Bears 88-52 in Macon, Ga. on Wednesday night.
"Just really proud of our team tonight [and] their effort," said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. "I thought we were disruptive on the defensive end and really forced them to be uncomfortable early and often."
The Crimson Tide shot the ball efficiently, shooting 50.7% from the field compared to Mercer's 38.5%. Alabama's defense proved to be the key factor that controlled the game as the Bears had 23 turnovers and could never get in rhythm.
Alabama started the game strong with an 11-0 run to quickly gain momentum. Mercer could not get anything going on the offensive end early as the Bears had nine of those 23 turnovers in the opening quarter and fell behind 23-5. Mercer finally found success in the last few minutes, ending the quarter on an 11-3 run to cut the deficit to 26-16 at the end of the first quarter.
A jumper by Mercer's Erin Houpt with 6:43 left in the second quarter, would cut the Alabama lead to nine, but that would end up being the closest the contest would get for the remainder of the night. Aaliyah Nye led the way for the Crimson Tide, draining three three-pointers in the final 3:35 before the half and Alabama took a 43-27 advantage at the break.
Nye opened the half with her fifth triple and the Crimson Tide continued to dominated in the second half, outscoring the Bears 45-25 to secure the 88-52 victory.
Four Alabama players scored in double figures including Nye (17), Brittany Davis (14), Megan Abrams (14), and Hannah Barber (11). Davis also led the team in rebounds (8) and steals (6).
"We have such great balance," said Curry. "We just have so many people that can step up and when you have three shooters out there with Hannah... Brit, Nye and Meg, it's just hard to guard. Karly comes in you got to guard her. I love the ability around Brittany."
Up next, Alabama (5-2) hosts Chattanooga on Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. CST on SEC Network+.