Alabama Defeats Mercer inside Coleman Coliseum, 55-48

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama women’s basketball team put together a bounce-back performance in a Thanksgiving-eve game against Mercer Wednesday, defeating the nonconference foe in Coleman Coliseum, 55-48. The Crimson Tide improved to 3-2 in 2021-22, while the Bears dropped to 3-3.

Megan Abrams led in scoring for the second straight game, posting 17 points on 5-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-9 from long range and 3-of-4 from the stripe. She tacked on five rebounds, a pair of steals and an assist to complete her stat line. Brittany Davis recorded her fifth straight game of scoring 10 points or more, posting 13 points against the Bears, while flirting with a double-double on nine rebounds and a pair of steals and a couple of assists.

Jada Rice led a second-half surge for the Crimson Tide, scoring all 12 of her points in the final 20 minutes of the game. The Tide improved its shooting by 10 percent from the first half to the second half, while it also outrebounded the Bears, 21-15, in the final two frames, sealing the deal for its fourth straight win against Mercer.

“I’m just really proud of our team’s grit and resilience against what I think will be a tournament team. Mercer’s done a really great job thus far in the season and they’re just really, really, good. They’re so well coached, Susie (Gardner) does a great job. They changed their defensive strategy in the second quarter, and we didn’t respond very well. We had some people come in and make plays in the first half, and then we had some folks who made plays in the second half. Just a combination of doing what we had to do, finding a way to win a gutsy one. So, I was just really proud of our team today.”

News and Notes

  • Alabama is in its 48th season with a 794-616 (.563) all-time record.
    • The Crimson Tide owns a 405-199 (.670) all-time home record.
    • The Crimson Tide is 3-2 in 2021-22.
  • Kristy Curry is in her ninth season as the head coach of the Crimson Tide, holding a 136-120 record in her time at The Capstone.
    • Curry is in her 23rd season as a head coach in her career, holding a 445-269 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 fifth straight game.
  • Megan Abrams led the Crimson Tide in scoring for the second straight game and the third time this season, recording 17 points against Mercer.
    • She added five rebounds, two steals and an assist to her stat line.
    • She went 4-of-9 from the arc, a season high for the senior.
  • Brittany Davis flirted with a double-double against the Bears, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
    • It marked the fifth straight game the senior has scored 10-or-more points for the Crimson Tide.
  • Jada Rice recorded her third double-digit game of the season, scoring 12 points, which all came in the second half.
    • She led the team in field-goal percentage after turning it on in the final 20 minutes, going 6-of-11 from the field.
    • The center tacked on five rebounds and a block in just 20 minutes of action.
  • Allie Cruce logged a season-high 15 minutes and a season-high six points scored.
  • Hannah Barber dished out a season-high and team-high six assists.
  • After trailing Mercer in rebounds in the first half 24-21, Alabama turned it around in the second half to win the battle on the boards overall, 42-39.

How It Happened

  • Brittany Davis opened the game 2-of-2 from long range, helping Alabama to a 6-0 run to start the contest.
  • By the first media timeout (1Q, 5:13), Alabama led Mercer 11-2.
    • Alabama shot 50 percent from the field (3-of-6 FG, 3-of-5 3FG), while Mercer shot 12.5 percent from the field (1-of-8 FG, 0-2 3FG).
  • Despite Alabama’s strong defense to start the game, Mercer closed out the first quarter on a 7-0 run, with the Bears closing the gap on the Crimson, 19-13.
    • Mercer extended its scoring streak to start the second quarter, good for an 11-0 run, with Alabama leading 19-17.
  • Alabama began the second quarter without a field goal until 5:38, thanks to a steal and a layup by JaMya Mingo-Young.
    • It allowed the Crimson Tide to stretch its lead, 21-17.
    • The Crimson Tide experienced it lowest scoring quarter of the season, posting just seven points in that frame, allowing just nine points from Mercer.
  • At halftime, Alabama led Mercer, 26-22.
    • Alabama made nine of its 27 attempts from the field, including six of its 16 attempts from the arc (33.3 percent).
    • Mercer made 10 of its 35 shots from the field, including one of its seven attempts from the arc (28.6 percent).
    • The Bear outrebounded the Crimson Tide in the first 20 minutes, 24-21.
  • Megan Abrams opened the Crimson Tide in scoring in the second half on a 3-point make from the corner.
  • The Crimson Tide sparked a 12-0 run in the middle of the third quarter, extending its lead to 38-24, the longest lead of the game.
    • The Tide closed the quarter, 44-35, with its best shooting percentage of the game thus far on 43.8 percent from the field.
  • A jump shot by Jada Rice eclipsed a two-and-a-half minute scoring drought for Alabama in fourth quarter (4:29), helping the Crimson Tide to a 53-44 advantage in the final minutes.
    • After a Mercer missed jumper and defensive rebound by Allie Craig Cruce on the other end of the court, Rice followed up her jumper with a layup to go up 55-44 (4Q, 3:50).
  • After a pair of 30-second timeouts, Alabama would not score again, allowing just four points in that stretch, closing out the game with its fourth straight win over Mercer, 55-48.

Up Next

The Alabama women’s basketball team will return to Coleman Coliseum to host Western Carolina Friday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. CT.

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