Dec. 29, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
The women's basketball team had eight of its 11 players score in an 82-60 victory over Coppin State in the consolation game of the Cavalier Classic at John Paul Jones Arena. Senior Shafontaye Myers
and junior Daisha Simmons
had 16 points apiece, while freshman Ashley Williams
added 15 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
With the win, the Crimson Tide finishes its non-conference schedule with a 7-6 record. The loss drops the Eagles to 4-8 overall.
Neither team could get much going offensively early, but seven unanswered points by Alabama over a three-minute span put the Tide on top 12-6 at the 13:29 mark. Alabama would extend its lead out to 15 shortly after, sparked by three consecutive three-pointers from junior Sharin Rivers, before a 12-5 run by Coppin State brought the Eagles within eight with 4:11 on the clock. Alabama went on to outscore Coppin State 10-2 down the stretch to hold a 38-22 lead at halftime.
The Tide pushed its lead out to 19 early in the second half, but the Eagles would not go away and used a 24-8 run to cut Alabama's lead to three with 7:55 to play. Coppin State would not get any closer, however, as the Tide scored 31 of the final 43 points in the game.
Alabama hit 53.7 percent (29-54) of its attempts from the floor, while Coppin State went 34.4 percent (21-61) in the game. The Tide had 21 assists, including seven from sophomore Nikki Hegstetter, and scored 38 of its points in the paint.
Alabama now moves onto the Southeastern Conference portion of its schedule and will face No. 6/6 Kentucky on Thursday, Jan. 2. The game will tipoff in Foster Auditorium at 2 p.m. CT.
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