Women's basketball downs Tenn Tech

TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama freshmen Navonda Moore scored 20 points and Kate Mastin added 12 as the Crimson Tide women's basketball team defeated Tennessee Tech, 83-61.

Alabama couldn't miss early in the first half, hitting 12 of their first 16 shots from the field on their way to a 25-point advantage (40-15) with 8:00 left in the opening period. The Tide's shooters eventually cooled, allowing the Golden Eaglettes to warm up, ending the half with a 14-4 run, and narrowing the Tide advantage to 44-29 at the break.

"We played very solid for about 15 minutes and for about the last five minutes of the first half I thought we let it get away from us," Alabama head coach Rick Moody said. "I thought we came back in the second half and played really solid."

Tennessee Tech shot only 26.7 percent in the first half; however, the Eaglettes did shoot 40 percent from behind the arc. Alabama finished the half shooting nearly 55 percent from the field, including a blistering 50 percent from three-point territory.

The Tide continued their torrid pace in the second half, shooting better than 58 percent from the field while holding Tech under the 40 percent threshold.

Alabama also owned the boards, finishing with a 43-30 rebounding edge. Tawana Freeman finished with seven boards to lead the Tide.

UA Junior Katie Sipe, a native of Hillsboro, Tenn., was one of the keys to the Tide's early start nailing three of the Tide's six treys in the opening half.

Emily Christian led the Tennessee Tech scoring with 15 points and tied for the team high in rebounding with seven boards. Kendall Cavin was the only other Tech player to reach double-digits, chipping in 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Crimson Tide continues its busy week with a three-game road swing through the state of Florida. Alabama heads to Orlando to participate in the UCF Holiday Classic on Thursday and Friday before traveling to Miami for a Sunday tilt with Florida International. Bama opens play the UCF classic against Bethune-Cookman.

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