Author: CW Sports Staff

Alabama secures best start since 2002

By (Cody Estremera) Alabama scored two runs in the third inning, and never looked back, defeating Samford 13-3. The win is the 10th of the year for Alabama, tying its best start since 2002. “It’s always great to get a road win, especially against a good Samford team,” Alabama coach Brad Bohannon said in a press release. “We didn’t play our best baseball, but I’m glad we did enough to come out on top in this one.” Sophomore John Trousdale started the third inning with a single up the middle. He moved over to third after third baseman Cobie Vance was hit by a pitch and a throwing error by the Bulldog first baseman. First baseman Hunter Alexander walked, scoring the first run of the game. Chandler Taylor later hit a sac fly to center field to put the Crimson Tide up 2-0. Alabama added four more runs in the top of the fifth. Second baseman Chandler Avant came up with the big hit, singling to left field, driving in two runs. Heading to the top of the ninth, Alabama led 7-4. It was able to score six runs in the frame, all with two outs. Taylor hit his second home run of the game, he hit his first one in the seventh inning. Cody Henry also tripled with bases loaded, clearing the bases. Taylor finished 2-for-3 with...

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Poor shooting plagues Alabama as losing streak extends to four

By (Matthew Speakman) To say it was a poor shooting night would be an understatement. Alabama basketball experienced something much worse. The Crimson Tide simply could not hit anything it threw up against Florida, no matter the distance. Three-pointers, mid-range jump shots and lay ups all bricked off of the rim. For a stretch of 14 minutes and 31 seconds, Alabama made no field goals. It missed 19-straight shots and Florida took over the game. Florida (19-11, 10-7 SEC) didn’t do anything spectacular to capture a 73-52 win over Alabama (17-13, 8-9), but it made a shot every now and then, which went a long way in this game. “It wasn’t like they were taking bad shots,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said. “Those were shots they normally make. Just unfortunately, we didn’t make them today.” Alabama went into the locker room at halftime shooting 4-of-30 (11 percent) from the field with only 18 points. The poor shooting plague spread throughout the team. Only forward Braxton Key was able to slightly avoid it. His two lay ups served as the bookends for the 14-plus minute stretch of no makes from the field in the first half. He scored 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Alabama had seven players that shot less than 40 percent from the field. “Embarrassment. That’s what I felt,” forward Daniel Giddens said of the field...

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Riley Norris fills leadership role despite being out with season-ending hip injury

By (Matthew Speakman) Alabama (17-12, 8-8 SEC) will honor seniors Riley Norris and ArMond Davis before Tuesday’s contest against Florida (18-11, 9-7). It will be Alabama’s final home game of the year. Both players could seek an added year of eligibility after this season after qualifying for a medical redshirt. Whether they choose to do that or not has not been decided. Alabama coach Avery Johnson said he is unaware of what the two plan to do after this year. “Both are fine young men,” coach Avery Johnson said. “We’re excited for them and their families.” Both players have had little-to-no playing time this season, but still remain as the team’s two seniors. Davis came to the Crimson Tide as a junior college recruit before the 2017 season. He was the No. 8 junior college player. He appeared in 32 games and averaged 6.3 points per game. Norris, on the other hand, has been a factor for Alabama in all four years. He’s appeared in 80 games over the course of his career, averaging 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds into Norris has been seen as a leader on and off the court for Alabama. This season, he’s retained that role even while being out with an injury. For a team that is full of youth, any kind of direction and leadership is accepted. “Any time anyone has been...

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Alabama wins SEC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championship

By (James Fletcher) The Alabama Indoor Track & Field team came away as the Southeastern Conference champions for the first time since 1972 as the men won the top honor at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Track & Field Stadium in College Station Texas, scoring across all disciplines. “This was a total team championship,” coach Dan Waters said in a press release following the meet. “Everyone contributed. One of the most impressive things about this championship was where the points came from. Our freshman triple jumper, Christian Edwards, finishing second. Kord Ferguson finishing second in the shot put with an amazing mark. Shelby McEwen winning the high jump for our only individual title. Our distance runners scoring 31 points in the 3,000 and 5,000. It was a total team effort and that’s how we built this program. Everyone chipped in one way or another. The Alabama men won the title by scoring 91 points, finishing three points ahead of runner-up Arkansas. The conference title is the schools sixth indoor championship in its history. The men previously won the SEC in 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962 and 1972. On day one of the event, junior Shelby McEwen became the Crimson Tide’s first SEC high jump champion in 33 years. McEwen’s jump was good enough to tie his personal best and ranks second in school history. “It feels awesome to be a...

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Alabama loses final game of the year

By (James Ogletree) Alabama women’s basketball fell to a ranked opponent in overtime for the second time in four days, this time at the No. 24 LSU Lady Tigers, 79-78. The Crimson Tide was seeking a bounce-back win to enter the SEC Tournament brimming with confidence after letting a late lead against No. 19 Georgia slip away on Thursday. Instead, the team met the same fate. From a minute and a half into the game to the closing seconds of regulation, LSU never trailed. But when senior guard Hannah Cook sunk an off-balance jumper with four ticks left on the clock, Alabama took a 70-68 lead. The Crimson Tide trailed by 16 late in the third quarter and by eight with four minutes remaining. After shooting 31 percent from the field over the first three quarters, the team made eight of 15 shots (53 percent) in the fourth. LSU forward Ayana Mitchell’s layup tied the game at 70, just before the final buzzer. Unlike Thursday’s overtime period, in which Alabama missed all eight field goals it shot, it had a chance in the final seconds. Down one inside the final minute of overtime, the Crimson Tide missed three straight shots from underneath the basket before calling a timeout. Coming out of the huddle, the team put the game in senior forward Ashley Williams’ hands, but the Lady Tigers...

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