Alabama Women Basketball Dominates: The Alabama Crimson Tide women’s basketball squad extends its dominance in the 2023-24 season, overpowering the Morehead State Eagles with a convincing 85-44 victory at Coleman Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
Setting the tone early, forward Essence Cody showcased her skill with a challenging layup, drawing a foul on the first play. Despite Morehead State’s defensive pressure, Alabama held them to just six points in the first quarter.
“We knew they were going to play as hard as they could; they’re a well-coached team,” noted guard Sarah Ashlee Barker. “It was about understanding that this team is different than the last two teams we’ve played.”
The Crimson Tide gained momentum in the second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 23-5. Alabama maintained control, entering the fourth quarter with a commanding 68-25 lead.
“You have to be able to score at different levels at different times, and I think that’s what we did,” Barker commented. “We shared the ball really well, especially in the third quarter, and people were hitting shots.”
Guard Aaliyah Nye led Alabama with 14 points, shooting 50% from the field and making 4 out of 7 three-point attempts. A highlight of the game was Nye’s beating 3-pointer as the third quarter concluded, capping off the team’s highest-scoring quarter at 27 points.
Emphasizing a strong second half, Nye stated, “We realized that we didn’t play that well in the third and fourth quarter last game. So, this game we made it more intentional to come out and continue what we did in the first and second half.”
Head coach Kristy Curry expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance, highlighting the importance of consistent starts to the second half. Looking ahead to the matchup with South Florida, she urged Crimson Tide nation to turn out for the game, emphasizing the need for a strong crowd against an NCAA tournament team.
The Crimson Tide aims to conclude its opening homestand flawlessly, facing the South Florida Bulls on Thursday night at 6 p.m. CT.