Alabama Women’s Basketball Gets Back on Track Against Wake Forest
The Alabama women's basketball team played its second match of the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship against Wake Forest after losing Monday's contest to Utah. The Crimson Tide rallied behind a big third quarter to break its losing streak, with a 61-58 victory over the Demon Deacons.
Both teams traded the lead throughout the contest and Wake Forest entered the half with a narrow two-point lead. The Tide came out of the break firing on all cylinders and put up the only 20-plus point quarter in the third to pull back ahead and close out the game in a tightly contested finish.
Megan Abrams led all scorers for the Crimson Tide posting 14 points on five-of-seven shots from the field and burying her lone three-point attempt. The guard came off of the bench and was an instant spark plug for an offense that had been struggling from deep throughout the entire contest, only making 23.8 percent on shots from beyond the arc.
Abrams also scored the go-ahead bucket for the Crimson Tide on a drive to the rim and converted the and-one with four seconds remaining in the game to put her team ahead by three points.
Abrams' performance during the game was pivotal because the Tide's leading scorer Brittany Davis struggled shooting the ball. Davis shot 5-of-17 from the field including an inefficient 1-of-8 from three-point range.
Alabama head coach Kristy Curry was proud of her team's effort on the night, especially on the defensive side of the ball and said, "when you hold somebody under 60, a team that's a tournament team a year ago, one of the best players in the ACC, I just love how we were on the defensive end and it was just possession after possession and I thought they just dug deeper defensively when our shots weren't falling."
Wake Forest forward Demeara Hinds lead all scorers in the game with 18 points along with ten rebounds to give her a double-double. The Crimson Tide limited the offense of last year's First Team All-ACC Guard Jewel Spear who shot 5-of-13 on the game to finish with 16 points.
"I thought today, we were really, really selfless and whatever our team needed...setting a great screen, getting a loose ball or contesting a shot... the little things made a difference," said Curry.
Alabama will host Gardner-Webb on Nov. 27 at 2:00 p.m. CST when the Tide returns from its trip out of the country. The game will be broadcasted on SECN+.