NEW ORLEANS - More than four months after losing to the nonconference foe in a close game down the stretch, Alabama women's basketball team at last toppled Tulane, 81-77, in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
The Crimson Tide improved to 19-13 (6-10) on the season, while the Green Wave fell to 21-10 (11-5) in 2021-22.
In the process, Megan Abrams reached the 1,000-point club after a pullup jumper in the third quarter to help Alabama get within two points of Tulane. The senior has combined for 1,009 points in nearly four seasons at the Capstone.
Four starters turned in double-digit performances Monday, Abrams included, as the Crimson Tide shot 50.0 percent from the field on 24-of-48 shooting. The Tide also made nine of its 19 attempts from long range and 24 of its 27 attempts from the line.
Brittany Davis paced the team in scoring and rebounding, recording 22 points and 10 rebounds to mark her seventh double-double of the season. More than half of her points came from the line, knocking down all 12 of her free-throw attempts. Davis added four assists and a steal in 39 minutes of action.
Mingo-Young scored 21 points on an impressive 7-of-9 from the field, including sinking a pair of three-point field goals, while she added six rebounds and three assists to her stat line. Abrams added 19 points en route to her fifth straight game of scoring at least 19 points.
Hannah Barber rounded out the foursome, tacking on 12 points thanks to four makes from long range. The senior also grabbed five rebounds off the glass.
The game featured balanced scoring, which included 20 lead changes and nine ties. Tulane took its biggest lead in the game, seven points, toward the end of the third quarter, but Alabama responded with a 10-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to gain momentum down the stretch.
Alabama had its fourth game this season of shooting at least 50.0 percent from the field, while it also outrebounded the ninth-ranked rebounding team in the nation, 31-27.
How It Happened
Despite Alabama jumping out to a 5-0 lead to start the game thanks to a pair of free throws by Brittany Davis and a three-point field goal by JaMya Mingo-Young, Tulane responded with an 8-0 run. Alabama led Tulane, 20-16, at the end of the first quarter thanks to 57.1 percent shooting.
The Green Wave drained four three-point field goals in the first 10 minutes (by three different players). The Crimson Tide outrebounded the Green Wave, 10-6, in the first period.
It was back and forth to start the second quarter, then Alabama went on a 7-0 run toward the end of the period thanks to a three-point field goal by Hannah Barber and a pair of layups by JaMya Mingo-Young and Brittany Davis, respectively. That run helped stretch Alabama's lead over Tulane, 38-32, its best lead in the game thus far. Alabama led Tulane, 40-36, at halftime.
Alabama shot 55.6 percent in the first half, making 15 of its 27 attempts from the field. JaMya Mingo-Young paced the team on 11 points, including one three-point field goal, while Brittany Davis followed with 10 points.
Tulane opened the second half on a 7-0 run to take a three-point lead, 43-40. Hannah Barber tied the game with a three-point field goal, 43-43, with more than seven minutes in the third quarter.
Megan Abrams hit a pull-up jumper to get within two points of Tulane, 50-48, with five minutes and nine seconds in the second quarter. That marked her 1,001st career points.
Kristy Curry was forced to call a timeout with two minutes and 58 seconds left in the third quarter, as Tulane went on an 8-0 run to help themselves to a seven-point lead, 58-51. Out of the timeout, Megan Abrams drew a shooting foul and made both free throws. Those free throws would be the start of Alabama's 8-0 run, thanks to 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, to force a 49-48 lead over Tulane at the end of the third quarter. Megan Abrams was responsible for six of those, while Brittany Davis was responsible for two makes at the line.
Alabama stretched its run to 10-0 to start the fourth quarter, leading Tulane, 51-48. Just under the four-minute mark of the fourth quarter, Tulane made three of its last three field goals, while Alabama went on a two minute and 45 second scoring drought.
Tulane led Alabama, 73-69, ahead of a media timeout at this time. After a technical foul call on Allie Criag Cruce, Tulane made one of its two free throws, stretching its lead, 74-69. Alabama enjoyed a 4-0 run to trail Tulane, 74-73, with two minutes and thirty seconds left in the game. Tulane made a free throw, helping it to a 75-73 lead.
Brittany Davis made a layup, as Alabama tied, 75-75, with less than a minute on the clock, and then Tulane turned the ball over. Coach Curry called a timeout with 13 seconds on the shot clock and 38 seconds on the game clock. JaMya Mingo-Young made a layup and drew a foul. Mingo-Young made her free throw, helping Alabama break the tie, leading Tulane, 78-75, with 21 seconds left.
Tulane missed its shot on the other end, turning the ball over to Brittany Davis. Brittany Davis immediately drew a foul and made both of her free throws, stretching Alabama's lead, 80-75. Tulane made a layup with under 10 seconds on the game clock. Alabama led Tulane, 80-77, and advanced the ball with two seconds on the game clock. On the inbound, JaMya Mingo-Young drew a foul and made one of her two free-throw attempts, making it 81-77 with less than ,two seconds left on the clock.7.
News and Notes
- Alabama is in its 48th season with an 810-627 (.563) all-time record. The Crimson Tide is 19-13 (6-10 SEC) in 2021-22.
- Kristy Curry is in her ninth season as the head coach of the Crimson Tide, holding a 152-131 record in her time at The Capstone. Curry is in her 23rd season as a head coach in her career, holding a 461-280 mark all-time.
- Alabama's starting combination included guards Megan Abrams, Hannah Barber, JaMya Mingo-Young and Brittany Davis and center Jada Rice, marking the second straight game the Crimson Tide has used this starting combination.
- Alabama has won seven of its last nine games, including five of its last six games.
- The Crimson Tide improved to 13-7 in the WNIT Tournament.
- The Crimson Tide went 88.9 percent from the free-throw line on 24-of-27 shooting. The 24 makes are tied for the team high in 2021-22. Brittany Davis and Megan Abrams were perfect from the stripe. Davis made a career high and an individual team high 12-of-12 from the line. Abrams went 6-of-6 from the line.
- Brittany Davis and Megan Abrams have combined for more than 40 points in four out of the last five postseason games in 2021-22. Hannah Barber has now made at least two shots from beyond the arc in four out of the last six games.
- Barber has drained at least four three-point field goals twice this postseason.
Alabama will host Houston in the WNIT Round 3 this Thursday at 6 p.m. CT in Coleman Coliseum.