Three sophomores were major offensive contributors for Alabama. Forward Quanetria “NeNe” Bolton (6-0) had a career high 19 points to go along with a career tying and team leading 10 rebounds, her first double-double. Guards Karyla Middlebrook (5-7) and Hannah Cook (6-0) contributed 15 and 14 points to the cause. Senior forward Khadijah Carter (6-1) recorded 13 points and had a team high four steals. Two freshmen guards debuted with 10 points each, Shaquera Wade (6-0) and C’Coreiea “CC” Foy (5-11). Sophomore guard Meoshonti “Meo” Knight (5-8) added 10 points. Alabama scored 20 points on the fast break and outrebounded the Bulldogs 52 to 42 with 20 of those being on the offensive end.
Sophomore forward Diamante “DeDe” Martinez (6-3) topped the blocked shot column with six of the 14 for the Tide. The half dozen swats in a single game are third all-time in the record book at Alabama. Middlebrook tallied a team high five assists. Senior forward Nikki Hegstetter (6-2) and Wade managed eight rebounds each.
Alabama held a commanding 53-17 lead at halftime. They dominated the points in the paint category with a 50-22 advantage over the SWAC visitors from Normal (AL). Bama shot 43.6% on 34 of 78 for the game. The Tide struggled from three-point land connecting on only 6 of 30 with Cook converting four. They scored thirty-five points off of 28 forced turnovers and had 21 second chance points. The charity line was not friendly for Bama as they made just 22 of 34 to shoot 64.7%. Alabama A&M was held to 27.1% shooting on 16 for 59 from the floor.
Appalachian State of the Sun Belt Conference visits Foster Auditorium on Monday night for a 6 PM CT tipoff. Watch and listen as third-year head women’s basketball coach Kristy Curry along with Bolton and Middlebrook address the assembled media following the season opening win.