TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women’s basketball team opened the 2022-23 season Monday with a commanding 98-51 win over Alabama A&M.
The Crimson Tide was paced by a 26-point game by guard Brittany Davis. Karly Weathers had 15 points and four steals in her collegiate debut, while JaMya Mingo-Young tallied 10 boards and six points and Jada Rice had eight boards, nine points and three blocks.
The victory marked the 13th consecutive season that UA has won its season opener, starting that run with a 103-58 win over Alabama-Huntsville.
“I am really excited about this team. I loved the way that we went about our business and the preparation the past couple of days. From our shoot-around time today, the buy-in has got to happen at every position. We obviously are really excited about what this team can accomplish, but it all starts with buying in and belief and just their toughness and how hard they play. I like the way we approached the past couple of days in our preparation, now the challenge is to let it go at midnight and get ready to go get another road win.
“Tonight, was really special and it is always special anytime that we can have our Bama Salute game. We just appreciate all of our American military and the service that they give to our country. I think it’s really unique. I had a chance to FaceTime Shaquera Wade while on the way to the gym, and to see what she accomplished on the basketball floor, but to see the impact now that she’s making with her service over in the UK, I’m so incredibly proud of her and I appreciate her family being here tonight to accept that Bama Salute award. But we just appreciate all of our military and everything that they do on a daily basis to protect our country.”
Starting the season off strong. #RollTide
See ya’ll in New Orleans ?? pic.twitter.com/itka2jlZoy
— Alabama Women’s Basketball (@AlabamaWBB) November 8, 2022
- Alabama opened the game with an 11-0 run and did not yield the lead for the entire game
- All six newcomers to the 2022-23 roster scored in the matchup
- The Crimson Tide had three players in double figures with Brittany Davis scoring 26, Megan Abrams scoring 11 and Karly Weathers scoring 15
- Davis tallied six or more three-pointers for the third time in her career and first time since she scored six against Georgia last season (Jan. 9, 2022)
- Alabama had three athletes with five or more rebounds with JaMya Mingo-Young pacing the team with 10 boards, followed by Jada Rice with eight and Davis with five
- Loyal McQueen and Mingo-Young both had five assists in the game
- Weathers finished her first collegiate game shooting 4-5 from the field, 4-4 from the stripe and 3-4 from deep. Weathers also tacked on four steals in the win.
- The home win marks Megan Abrams eighth-consecutive double-figure game and Brittany Davis‘ 14th double-digit outing in the last 15 competitions
- The Crimson Tide outscored the Bulldogs 36-20 with points in the paint
Karly Weathers opens her collegiate career with a statement! ??
— Alabama Women’s Basketball (@AlabamaWBB) November 7, 2022
How It Happened
- A three-point play by Megan Abrams kicked off an 11-0 run by the Crimson Tide to open the game
- The Tide held Alabama A&M scoreless through the first 4:31
- UA finished the first quarter with a 29-8 advantaged, paced by six points from Davis
- The two teams opened the second quarter evenly paced as both the Tide and Bulldogs scored eight points with 4:27 on the clock
- Back-to-back three pointers from Davis and a layup from Abrams closed the half and gave UA a 50-24 lead
- UA opened the third quarter 9-1 run, moving the score to 59-25 with 7:43 on the clock
- The two teams traded points throughout the remainder of the quarter to end the third with a 73-40 UA advantage
- Alabama again resumed play with a strong start, securing a 16-2 run that took 5:26 off the clock
- Sarah Ashlee Barker capped that run with back-to-back layups, while Hannah Barber and Weathers posted emphatic three-pointers
- Both the Tide and Bulldogs would post nine points to close out the game for the 47-point Alabama victory
- Alabama will head to Tulane for its first of four games on the road
- The Tide will tip off at 6 p.m. CT on Nov. 10 in New Orleans
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