TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – From the moment they stepped on the court in Macon, it was clear that Alabama’s physicality was simply too much for Mercer to bear.
The Crimson Tide defeated Mercer by 36 points in their midweek meeting, mainly by controlling the pace of the game through aggressive defense.
Over the course of the game, Kristy Curry’s squad forced Mercer into 23 turnovers. Those turnovers turned into 23 points on the other end, many of which came with relative ease.
“Everything started for us tonight on the defensive end, and we were able to create some easy baskets from our defense,” Curry said.
Those easy baskets included 12 threes, five of which came at the hands of Aaliyah Nye. Returning from an ankle injury, Nye led Alabama with 17 points on the night in just 20 minutes played.
Curry credited both her training staff and Nye herself with the transfer’s quick recovery. The forward has missed time in several games this season with ankle injuries, but continues to be one of the Tide’s best options from deep.
“I mean every time she shoots it – with many of these kids – I think it’s going in.”
Alabama also got a handful of scoring from its other weapons, as three others scored double digits points on the road. Brittany Davis and Megan Abrams both put up 14 points, while Hannah Barber scored 11 with a trio of threes.
The win marks the third in a row for Curry’s squad and their second-largest margin of victory since defeating Alabama A&M on opening night.
Aaliyah Nye returned to action in limited minutes following her ankle injury against Wake Forest. Curry stated that Nye was not yet “100%” and that was the reason for resting her in the fourth quarter.
Alabama (5-2) will return to Tuscaloosa to take on Chattanooga (6-3) on Dec. 3. Tip is set for 12 P.M. CT and the game will be broadcast on SEC Network+.