Alabama women's basketball scores 109 points in season opener: What we learned

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama women's basketball opened the 2021-22 season in impressive fashion, defeating Charleston Southern 109-32 on Tuesday at Coleman Coliseum. 

The Crimson Tide used a 31-6 run over a span of about 12 minutes in the first half to jump out to a lead and the Buccaneers couldn't catch up. 

Here are our observations from the Crimson Tide's victory. 

Brittany's back

Senior guard Brittany Davis hadn't played since 2019-20, but she looked anything but rusty. Not even close. 

Davis had seven rebounds in the first quarter alone. She was the first Crimson Tide player to hit a 3-pointer in the second quarter. Davis finished with 25 points and 12 boards. 

She took a hiatus for the 2020-21 season after her daughter, Brielle, was born in November 2020. As a sophomore the season before, Davis played in all 30 games and averaged 6.6 points and 2 rebounds per game. This season, she brings back some needed 3-point shooting as she was third on the team that year from the arc. 

"She's in the best condition she's ever been in," Alabama coach Kristy Curry said. "What you saw tonight is what we need night-in and night-out from her." 

Transfer Jada Rice impresses in debut

Alabama's addition of Jada Rice from North Carolina State paid off quickly. 

Before fans at Coleman Coliseum could blink, Rice was scoring. As Alabama started off the game on a 10-0 run, Rice had six of those points. 

In total, Rice tallied 14 points and four rebounds in her first appearance for the Crimson Tide. 

She played in 13 games last season for the Wolfpack. 

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Crimson Tide starts slow from 3-point line

Although Alabama cruised past Charleston Southern, 3-pointers weren't the source of that success early on. 

The Crimson Tide couldn't hit any 3-pointers in the first quarter, which helped the Buccaneers somewhat stay in the game. Alabama led by 20-10 at the first break as it went 0-for-6 from the arc. 

Then Alabama started to muster more success from the 3-point line in the second frame, led by Davis. That served as one of the sources of Alabama's success as it cruised to a lead. 

The Crimson Tide found the most success in the third, finishing 5 of 7 from the arc.