By Stan J. Griffin: December 20, 2016
THE SCORE: Alabama women's basketball team 78, Texas El Paso 60, as Kristy Curry's Crimson Tide team finishes a 2-0 run at the inaugural Patrick Harrington Classic.
Alabama led 25-13 after the first 10 minutes, and 37-24 at the intermission. UA outscored the Miners 41-36 in the second half.
SITE: Raider Arena, Niceville, Fla.
RECORDS: Alabama 11-1, UTEP 2-9
KEY STARS FOR THE TIDE: Junior guard Hannah Cook led an offensive barrage by the Crimson Tide with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Freshman point guard Jordan Lewis added 17, including three treys, sophomore Shaq Wade 14 and junior Meo Knight 10. Wade contributed seven boards and four steals while Lewis tallied six assists.
Freshman Ashley Knight had four blocks.
GOOD NUMBERS: Alabama had four players in double figures, led by the big night of Cook. The Crimson Tide also had a long-range barrage, nailing 11 treys. Alabama outrebounded the Miners 34-33 and forced 24 UTEP turnovers. Alabama had 15 assists and 11 steals. The Tide outscored UTEP 23-10 off turnovers and 20-11 in second chance points.
NOT SO GOOD NUMBERS: Alabama converted only nine of its 15 free throw attempts.
COACH SPEAK: “We’ve seen a lot of improvement in a lot of areas over the last week,” said Curry. “It’s great to go into the Christmas holiday break with a win. I love the balance with four in double figures again.”
“Jordan Lewis has really been phenomenal. She’s the little leader of our group, and it’s been really nice to see.”
NEXT UP FOR THE TIDE: Curry's squad will now break for the holidays before returning to Coleman Coliseum for one final non-conference game when the Tide hosts Florida A&M on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. CT.
Special thanks: Alabama Athletics Communications