After a 72-65 win against Kentucky on Thursday night, Megan Abrams’ return and a fantastic night from deep, things couldn’t be better for Kristy Curry and Alabama women’s basketball.
Her team improves to 18-6 and has won five straight SEC games for the first time in program history. But perhaps even more impressive than the record was the way the Tide stormed back from a rough stretch on offense.
Alabama went scoreless for nearly 11 minutes, but went into the half down just two points following a wild shooting outburst from Hannah Barber and Karly Weathers.
“At the end of the day, I just thought our kids really were resilient,” said Curry after the game.
Alabama took advantage of their momentum headed into the locker room, taking the lead with six minutes remaining in the third and not looking back.
Kentucky was unable to withstand the Tide’s red-hot offense that shot 46% from deep in the win, knocking down 13 threes on the night. That marks their most threes in an SEC matchup this season. 7 of the 13 triples came in the second and third quarters.
Brittany Davis had a double-double for the Tide on an efficient 7-13 night from the field. Her 22 points and 11 rebounds helped to secure the team’s first win against the Wildcats since 2014.
Aaliyah Nye also had a hot night, scoring 16 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. She made four threes on the night for the Tide.
Hannah Barber rounded out Alabama’s double-digit scorers, scoring 10 points while dishing out 5 assists.
The Tide’s Wild Ride
After a strong start in the first, the Crimson Tide went scoreless for nearly 11 minutes and found themselves down 11 midways through the second quarter. Not even the Sickos Committee could’ve dreamed up what would happen next.
Then, Alabama’s Karly Weathers knocked down a three. Next possession? Another one falls, this time from Hannah Barber. A third then fell from Weathers off a Kentucky miss.
Alright, time for a Kentucky timeout. Surely that would stop the barrage, right?
Nope. Another three, this time in response to one from the Wildcats, fell for Barber. After a short pause in the onslaught, Barber would make yet another three.
All told, Alabama would score 15 straight points – all from three – after over a quarter of not scoring.
When asked about her reaction to the stretch, Curry was not shy about her confidence in her team’s abilities.
“Just tell them to keep shooting it, make sure it’s the best shot we can get… You know, we’re not gonna miss for long.”
After being out since Jan. 8 with a hamstring injury, Megan Abrams returned to play against the Wildcats. Abrams appeared to be on a minutes restriction. She did not score in six minutes played.
Alabama will return home to take on Auburn on Feb. 12 in their annual Power of Pink game at 4 p.m. CT. The game is set to be broadcast on the SEC Network.
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