Tidal Wave! AlabamaWBB Wins Third Straight 98-59!
The Alabama Women's Basketball team moved to 3-0 on the season with a big win over the USC Upstate Spartans 98-59 on Wednesday night.
The Crimson Tide got off to a fast start in the 1st quarter shooting the basketball with a field goal percentage of 47% and hitting 3 of 9 from three point range. Alabama would continue the scoring in the 2nd quarter shooting 8 of 19 from field goal range and improve on the three point shooting, hitting 44%.
The second half of the game was much like the first half as the offense would continue to shoot well for the 3rd and 4th quarters. Alabama would finish the night 35-76 shooting from field goal range and out rebounded the Spartans 51-34.
Alabama was led by senior Ariyah Copeland who finished the game with an impressive 11-13 shooting from field goal range, 10 total rebounds, and hitting both free throws attempted. Due to her effort on the court, Copeland is our Tide 100.9 player of the game!
Alabama head coach Kristy Curry spoke to the media after the game about the team's effort on the court Wednesday night
"I loved the way we came together tonight," Curry said. "I thought the second half was a little sluggish, but we were able to bounce back. A lot of positives tonight and took command in so many areas and dominated the rebounding in the second half."
Coach Curry also spoke about what she will take away from these first 3 games of the season and what Alabama will build on.
"I think it is important to focus on the areas we need to improve on," Curry said. "We are also going to focus on the positives as well. On the offensive side of the ball, we need to focus on high percentage shots. When you score 98 points it's hard to find that, but there are areas to improve upon. My number one concern is to protect the basketball.
Junior point-guard Hannah Barber spoke to the media about her vision on the court and how she can improve the player.
"I am always trying to find the open person," Barber said. "I thought we did a great job of finding the open person and that is something we want to improve on. I know for me, it's about getting back in the gym. That is what I love about this game, is that there is always another opportunity to improve and get better."
Alabama is 3-0 for the first time since 2017 and will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to face off in the Big12/SEC challenge this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Oklahoma State. The last time that Alabama and Oklahoma State faced off was all the way back in 2000. Oklahoma State defeated Alabama in overtime 58-54.
Keep it tuned into Tide 100.9 for updates on Alabama Women's Basketball all season long!