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Newman brings spark for Tide in win over Samford

72 days ago
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama women's basketball team (10-2) defeated Samford, 69-39, Sunday afternoon inside Coleman Coliseum to conclude the Holiday Hoops Weekend with a perfect 2-0 mark (defeated Stephen F. Austin, 74-69, Saturday).

The Crimson Tide's Meg Newman collected her first double-double with the Crimson Tide, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds in Sunday's win - both season-best marks. Aaliyah Nye and Loyal McQueen also contributed 11 points each, while Essence Cody added an additional eight rebounds and four blocks.

The Bulldogs (6-3) were led by Masyn Marchbanks who scored 13 points and Emily Bowman who collected 10 boards.

Head Coach Kristy Curry Postgame Comments

"This was a really good win against a good team today. Loved who we were down the stretch on the boards, I thought we rebounded the ball better today. Proud of [Meg Newman], I thought she's had two really good days. She stepped up in a big way defensively yesterday and then it was good to see her be whoever she wants to be in today's game. She comes to work every single day and is such a team player."

Game Stats

  • Alabama shot 48 percent (28-58) from the floor, 28 percent (5-18) from deep and 80 percent (8-10) from the line
  • In comparison, Samford shot 27 percent (14-51) from the field, 28 percent (5-18) from beyond-the-arc and 46 percent (6-13) from the stripe
  • The Tide held the Bulldogs to single digits in three of four quarters
  • UA led in virtually all statistical categories, including a 26-8 advantage off the bench, a 34-12 points advantage in the paint and a 10-2 advantage on the fast break
  • Newman picked up her first double-double since Dec. 17, 2022, when she scored 12 points with 18 rebounds
  • With Reychel Douglas' fourth-quarter basket, all 10 available Alabama players found the scoresheet
  • For the eighth time this season, Alabama held its opponent to 50 or fewer points

How It Happened

  • The Tides' defense held Samford scoreless over a six-minute span in the opening period, converting six turnovers into 12 points, taking a 16-point lead (22-6) into the second quarter
  • UA held the Bulldogs to one of their last eight field goals, taking an 11-point lead (33-22) into the break
  • Aaliyah Nye led Alabama at the half with nine points, draining three three-pointers
  • Alabama ended the third quarter on a 10-0 run, holding the Bulldogs scoreless over the last five plus minutes, taking a 16-point lead (47-31) into the final frame
  • The Tide extended its lead up 20 points with four and a half minutes left to put the game out of reach, holding Samford scoreless over the final five and a half minutes

Next Up

  • Alabama returns Sunday, Dec. 17, playing Louisiana Monroe inside Coleman Coliseum
  • The Crimson Tide will face the Warhawks at 12 p.m. CT with the contest scheduled to air on the SEC Network