Strong Second Half Lifts Alabama Past Southern Miss, 86-54

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama women’s basketball team put together a bounce-back performance in the game against Southern Miss Wednesday, defeating the nonconference foe in Coleman Coliseum, 86-54. The Crimson Tide improved to 2-1 in 2021-22, while the Golden Eagles dropped to 2-1.

For the second time this season, at least four players scored in double figures, as Brittany Davis led the charge on 23 points. Davis tacked on 11 rebounds, which marked the second double-double of her career. Jada Rice (16), JaMya Mingo-Young (12) and Hannah Barber (11) rounded out the Crimson Tide’s top scorers.

Despite allowing Southern Miss to put together a 6-0 run to start the game, the Crimson Tide would lead the Golden Eagles for more than 35 minutes. The Crimson and White made 29 of its 64 attempts from the field for 45.3 percent shooting, including making six 3-pointers, while it hit 22-of-31 from the stripe.

“Just a great response from our team to start the third quarter. I thought we took the energy and intensity up on the defensive end and on rebounding on the boards. You know, to do what we did in the third really set the tone and we were able to get some easy baskets from our defense in the third to change the game.”

News and Notes

  • Alabama is in its 48th season with a 793-615 (.563) all-time record. 
    • The Crimson Tide owns a 404-198 (.671) all-time home record. 
    • The Crimson Tide is 2-1 in 2021-22. 
  • Kristy Curry is in her ninth season as the head coach of the Crimson Tide, holding a 135-119 record in her time at The Capstone. 
    • Curry is in her 23rd season as a head coach in her career, holding a 444-268 mark all-time. 
  • Alabama’s starting combination included guards Megan Abrams, Hannah Barber, JaMya Mingo-Young and Brittany Davis, and center Jada Rice, for the third straight game. 
    • Hannah Barber scored first for Alabama in the game. 
    • Khyla Wade-Warren was the first sub for the Crimson Tide. 
    • Southern Miss won the opening tip. 
  • Ruth Koang scored the first field goal in her Alabama career, shooting 3-of-4 from the field for six points and one rebound in 11 minutes of action.
  • Brittany Davis logged her second 20-plus point game of the season and her second double-double of the season, recording 23 points, four assists, 11 rebounds and shooting 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.
    • It marked her third straight game scoring 15-plus points.
  • JaMya Mingo-Young recorded the first double-double in her career, posting 12 points and 12 rebounds, while stuffing the stat sheet with four steals and three assists.
  • For the second time this season, the Crimson Tide had at least four players score double figures, including Brittany Davis (23), Jada Rice (16), JaMya Mingo-Young (12) and Hannah Barber (11).
  • The Crimson Tide won the turnover battle, scoring 27 points off the Golden Eagle’s 21 turnovers.
    • Alabama clocked just nine turnovers. 
  • The Crimson Tide excelled in transition, outscoring the Golden Eagles, 29-8. 
  • Alabama made 11 of its 15 attempts from the field in the fourth quarter, including making its last for shots, shooting 73.3 percent from the field in the final frame.
  • It marked the first time this season that two Alabama players enjoyed a double-double in a single game, including Brittany Davis (23 points, 11 rebounds) and JaMya Mingo-Young (12 points, 12 rebounds).
  • The Crimson Tide broke the decade-long series tie, leading the Golden Eagles 4-3 in all-time meetings.

How It Happened

  • Southern Miss opened the game on a 6-0 run, keeping Alabama scoreless for the first 2.5 minutes.
    • Alabama’s scoring drought ended thanks to a 3-pointer by Hannah Barber at 7:32 in the first quarter, which began a 10-0 run for the Crimson Tide.
  • By the first media timeout (1Q, 4:56), Alabama led Southern Miss, 10-6, leaving the Golden Eagles scoreless for more than three minutes.
    • Alabama began the game 3-of-10 from the field, while Southern Miss began the game 3-of-8 from the field.
  • Southern Miss would tie the game at 12-all at 2:52 in the first quarter on 3-of-3 shooting, and again at 14-all at 2:38 in the first quarter on 4-of-4 shooting. However, Alabama pulled away to close out the first quarter leading 21-16.
    • Despite starting the game 1-of-6 from the field, Brittany Davis led the Crimson Tide through the first quarter with six points, in part thanks to her perfect shooting from the stripe (4-of-4).
  • Alabama held the lead for the entire length of the second quarter, going into the halftime break with a 37-33 advantage.
    • Two players scored in double figures in the first two periods, including Brittany Davis’ 11 points and Jada Rice’s 10 points.
      • JaMya Ming-Young grabbed six first-half rebounds.
    • Alabama made 13 of its 34 attempts from the field in the first half for 38.2 percent shooting, while Southern Miss made 16 of its 32 attempts in the first half for 50 percent shooting.
      • The Golden Eagled beat the Crimson Tide on the glass, 19-18.
  • Alabama went on a 9-0 leading into the first media timeout of the third quarter (3Q, 6:08), stretching its lead to 47-34.
    • JaMya Mingo-Young led the charge during that run, beginning with a offensive rebound, then assisting Hannah Barber on a 3-point make. Moments later, she assisted Jada Rice on a jumper, then grabbed a steal on the other end of the court and turned that into points on a fast-break layup. Mingo-Young reached 10 rebounds during that run, a career high for the junior.
  • The Crimson Tide defense kept the Golden Eagles scoreless from the field until the 3:58 mark in the third quarter.
    • During that time, Alabama scored 10 points.
  • The Tide limited the Eagles to just six points in the third quarter, as UA capped the frame on a 7-0 run to lead USM, 56-39.
  • In the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter, Alabama shot 10-of-14 from the field for 71.4 percent shooting, including a pair of 3s.
    • In that time, they were also 6-of-6 from the stripe.
  • The Crimson Tide closed out the game with its best shooting performance in a quarter yet, making 11 of its 15 attempts from the field, including four of its last shots in the game.

Up Next

The Alabama women’s basketball team will hit the pavement for the first time this season, to square off against Duke in the Maggie Dixon Classic in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 21.

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