Tide Women's Basketball Defeats Alabama A&M, 71-62

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM
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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM
Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Marverly Nettles
Marverly Nettles



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TUSCALOOSA – Marverly Nettles scorched the nets for 23 points and Kate Mastin added 10 as the University of Alabama outlasted in-state foe Alabama A&M, 71-62, on Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum.

The win improves Alabama’s overall record to 7-2 on the season, while the Bulldogs drop to 5-3. The victory was also the Tide’s 32nd consecutive non-conference home victory over an in-state opponent.

Overall, both teams struggled to find their rhythm throughout the first half, as neither squad shot better than 42 percent from the field. Each team finished the half with double-digit turnovers and by halftime, the two teams combined for 26 made shots and 25 combined turnovers. But the Tide still found a way to dominate several areas of the game in the first period, especially on the boards. The Crimson Tide out-paced the Bulldogs on the glass by nine, pulling down 13 offensive and defensive rebounds in the opening half. Alabama owned a 36-26 lead at the break.

“I was convinced that I was at the county fair,” Alabama head coach Rick Moody said. “We would pick up a loose ball and then we would lose it.

“I don’t care if this is a pretty win or an ugly win; we are pleased to get out of this game with a ‘W’.”

Both team’s shooting woes continued into the second half, with the exception of free throws. The Bulldogs converted on nearly 88 percent of their foul shots, helping them chip away at the Alabama lead. But Kate Mastin’s savvy foul shooting iced the Alabama win late in the game. Six of Alabama’s final seven points were courtesy of Mastin foul shots, as she finished a perfect 10 for 10 from the charity stripe.

“I’m glad that Kate Mastin was there at the end to handle the ball,” Moody said. “She is just a good free-throw shooter

“I thought we did a better job of shooting free-throws tonight, especially down the stretch.”

Both teams combined for 53 turnovers and 46 personal fouls. Several Bulldog turnovers were the result of sticky Tide fingers. Alabama picked up 14 steals on the night, as Mastin led the way with four picks.

Nettles was the Tide’s leading rebounder, pulling down six defensive and two offensive boards. Overall, the Tide parlayed their first half rebounding prowess into half number two, out-boarding A&M 47 to 38.

LaShowann Smith led Alabama A&M in scoring with 21 points, converting on just 8 of 21 shots from the field. Smith also led the Bulldogs on the glass, pulling down eight total rebounds.

Next up for Alabama is a holiday trip to Bethlehem, Pa., to participate in the Christmas City Classic. The Tide faces the Delaware Blue Hens at 4 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, Dec. 29, and moves on to play either Lehigh or Yale on Thursday, Dec. 30. All games will be played on the campus of Lehigh University. 

PHOTO GALLERY:

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Natasha Gamble takes the ball up strong in traffic.
(Photo by Dusty Compton)

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Kate Mastin plays tough defense at point guard.
(Photo by Dusty Compton)

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Mastin looks to set up the offense.
(Photo by Dusty Compton)

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Marverly Nettles passes the ball over a defender down low.