Meo Knight pours in 20 points as Crimson Tide women's basketball team tops Cowgirls (FREE)

By Stan J. Griffin: December 19, 2016

THE SCORE: Alabama women's basketball team 84, McNeese State 63, as Kristy Curry's Crimson Tide team, coming off a big win against Georgia Tech, got off to a convincing start in the Patrick Harrington Classic Monday night. Alabama led by eight, 20-12 after one period, and by halftime was up 39-29.  The Tide totally put the game out of reach in the final quarter, outscoring the Cowgirls 26-17 in that frame.

SITE: Raider Arena, Niceville, Fla.

RECORDS: Alabama 10-1, McNeese State 5-5

KEY STARS FOR THE TIDE: Sophomore guard Meo Knight led the Crimson Tide with a season-high 20 points. Freshman forward Ashley Knight continued her impressive recent play with 16 points, 12 boards and six blocks. Freshman Jordan Lewis had 11 points and juniors NeNe Bolton and Hannah Cook tallied 10 apiece. Sophomore Shaq Wade added nine rebounds.

GOOD NUMBERS: Alabama had five players in double figures. The Crimson Tide's 10-1 start is its best since 2000 after 11 games. The Tide hit 57.1 percent (16-28) of its attempts in the second half to finish at 46.3 percent (31-67) for the game. UA won the battle of the boards, 48-32, and outscored the Cowgirls, 48-22, in the paint.  Alabama also had eight blocks and 17 assists.

NOT SO GOOD NUMBERS: The Tide struggled in the first half, hitting only 15 of its 39 field goals (38.5 percent). Alabama had 17 turnovers for the game.

COACH SPEAK: "We are honored to be here. This is a great cause for a great coach and a great man,” said Curry of Harrington, who was the head coach at Northwest Florida State before passing away in a car accident two years ago. “McNeese was very motivated and played near-perfect at times, but our kids really pulled through.
"At one point in the third quarter we just put it together and willed ourselves. NeNe really gave us a boost off the bench. And AK (Ashley Knight). I mean what can you say? To finish with 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in 23 minutes was just phenomenal. Our bench, from NeNe, to AK, to Coco (Knight), was big, big, big for us tonight. Meo was unstoppable. It was just a good all-around team effort.”

NEXT UP FOR THE TIDE: Alabama closes out the Patrick Harrington Classic on Tuesday when it takes on UTEP at 7 p.m. CT.

Special thanks: Alabama Athletics Communications

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Stan J. Griffin

I am a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where I currently reside and work. I am doing regular sports and feature writing for the Tuscaloosa-based Druid City Living and also am the Alabama beat writer for Crimson Magazine. I am a 1993 graduate of the University of Alabama, where I wrote for The Crimson White. I have an extensive background in newspaper journalism, having served as a sports editor and reporter for the Delta Democrat Times, St. Clair News-Aegis, Andalusia Star-News and the St. Clair County News.

I also have my own sports blog site, The Sports Connection, which I partner on with a friend of mine, and we began this site in November of 2012. I write blog on a variety of sports subject, and have also had guest contributors write their own blogs for the site. I have interviewed prominent sports figures for the site, including Paul Finebaum of the new SEC Network.


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