Veterans Meoshonti Knight and Shaquera Wade Leading Alabama Women's Basketball to Victory

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior Meoshonti Knight and sophomore Shaquera Wade combined for 34 points in the Crimson Tide’s 78-57 win over New Orleans on opening night of the 2016-17 season inside Coleman Coliseum. “It was ugly at times, but ugly counts,” said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. “It was great to get those first game jitters in this environment out of our system. It certainly was a good experience for us tonight.”

Game recap provided by:

Jessica Paré 

Director of Athletics Communications

University of Alabama

Joining Knight and Wade in double figures were freshmen Ashley Knight and Jordan Lewis with 12 points and 11 points, respectively, and junior Ashley Williams, who finished with 10. Lewis was the team’s leader in rebounds with eight to go along with four assists and four steals. In addition to leading the team in points, Meoshonti Knight collected a game-best five steals and tied for Lewis with a game-high four assists.

 

It was a slow start offensively for the Tide, trailing the Privateers until the 1:19 mark of the first quarter when junior Coco Knight scored on the layup to put Alabama in front, 17-15. New Orleans junior Halie Matthews hit a pair of free throws to set the score at 17-17 at the end of the quarter.

 

The second went back and forth over the first 3:00, but an 11-0 run for the Tide over the next 90 seconds gave the home team a 10-point advantage and the lead for good for the duration of the game. The Tide continued to build its lead and went into the locker room up 43-30.

 

Lewis got the offense started in the third, knocking down a three-pointer to put Alabama on top by 16. New Orleans cut it to 11 shortly after, but another run by the Tide would give Alabama a 22-point lead, 61-39, with 2:31 remaining in the quarter.

 

In the fourth, the Privateers would chip away and cut their deficit to 13 but would come no closer as Alabama scored the final eight points to win by 21.

 

For the game, the Tide outscored New Orleans, 48-16, in the paint and 18-0 in fastbreak points. Alabama also won the battle of the boards, 43-38, and forced 22 Privateer turnovers.

 

“I thought there were three really good things that we did the second half,” added Curry. “You come out and be 22 to 21 on the glass (at the half) then to outrebound them 43 to 38 (for the game). I thought we did a very good job taking care of the basketball in the second half, and then to have five players in double figures. I thought those were the three categories that in the end really made the difference.”

 

Next up, the Tide hosts Mississippi Valley State on Monday, Nov. 14. The game is slated to tip at 7 p.m. CT on SEC Network +.

 

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Video by A.P. Steadham


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