Alabama women's basketball crushes Alabama A&M in season opener

Maxwell Donaldson
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama women’s basketball got its season started with a 98-51 win over Alabama A&M on Monday at Coleman Coliseum.

The Crimson Tide scored its most points since scoring 109 in last season's opener against Charleston Southern.

Alabama (1-0) got off to a fast start and held the Bulldogs scoreless for almost the first five minutes of the game. Alabama led by 21 after the first quarter and 26 at halftime as Alabama A&M (0-1) started to connect on more shots.

Brittany Davis hasn’t lost a step

Brittany Davis led the SEC in 3-pointers made and attempted last season and got off to a good start Monday. Davis went 7-for-10 from 3-point range en route to 26 points. She also had five rebounds.

Davis earned multiple All-SEC preseason honors.

Nov 7, 2022; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guard Sarah Ashlee Barker (3), forward Khyla Wade-Warren (33) and Alabama A&M Lady Bulldogs guard Darian Burgin (0) jump to intercept the ball at Coleman Coliseum Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 in the season opening game at Coleman Coliseum.

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Newcomers make impact

All six Alabama newcomers entered the game during the first quarter and scored during the game.

A height advantage was apparent early with transfers Sarah Ashlee Barker (Georgia; 6-foot), Loyal McQueen (Georgia Tech; 5-8) and JeAnna Cunningham (West Virginia; 6-4) getting blocks as the team finished with seven. Ryan Cobbins and Aaliyah Nye also made their debuts before Nye left with an injury.

Freshman Karly Weathers stood out with 15 points while going 3-for-4 from 3-point range while stealing four passes.

"We see it every day from her, I think the thing that was most impressive from her for me, was you look at the stat line on the steals and smart she was defensively," Alabama coach Kristy Curry said. "She had great help and did a great job of understanding trying to keep the ball in front of her, so I'm as proud of the defensive end as I am of their ability to make shots."

Returners start and shine

For all that has been discussed about the transfer this offseason, it was the five returning starters who started the season for the Crimson Tide. The returners scored a majority of the points in the first half, scoring 38 of the 50 points. The returners played a majority of the minutes early in the halves before the lineups were mixed.

Up next

Alabama will travel to play Tulane on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT.