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CONTINUING: Alabama women’s basketball upsets Georgia to advance to SEC tournament quarterfinals

CONTINUING: Alabama women's basketball upsets Georgia to advance to SEC tournament quarterfinals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Crimson Tide women’s basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2022 Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament, after No. 11 Alabama knocked down the No. 6 Georgia, 74-62, in the second round at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday. The Crimson Tide improved to 17-12 (6-10), while the Bulldogs fell to 20-9 (9-7) in 2021-22.

Alabama has won five of its last six games, including the last three in a row.

Seniors Brittany Davis and Megan Abram combined for 50 points in the second round, the second game of the season, the pair came together for at least 50 points.

Davis paced the Crimson Tide with 26 of 9 of 16 from the field, including 5 of 6 from the arc. She added five rebounds and five steals in 39 minutes of action. Abrams scored 24 points — his second consecutive game of at least 20 points — on 7 of 16 from the field and 9 of 12 from the free throw line. She added seven rebounds.

Allie Craig Crucewho made his third straight start for Alabama, scored 10 of 4 of 6 points from the field, including a pair of three-point field goals, while smashing the board six times.

The Crimson Tide took their first lead of the game, 11-8, with four minutes and 31 seconds left in the first quarter, courtesy of a Davis three-pointer. In fact, Davis scored the game’s first 11 points. The Tide never looked back from that moment, leading the Bulldogs the rest of the game, including holding a 20-point lead early in the third quarter.

Alabama shot 47.3% from the field (26 of 55), including 50.0% from long range (9 of 18). He also made 13 of his 19 free throws, thanks in part to Abrams’ nine completions on the line. UA managed to score 23 of their 74 points on UGA’s 18 turnovers.

News and notes

  • Alabama is in its 48th season with an all-time record of 808-626 (.563).

    • The Crimson Tide is 17-12 (6-10 SEC) in 2021-22.

  • Kristy Curry is in his ninth season as head coach of the Crimson Tide, holding a 150-130 record in his time at The Capstone.

    • Curry is in his 23rd season as a career head coach, holding a 459-279 all-time record.

  • Alabama’s starting suit included guards Megan Abram, Hannah Barber, JaMya Mingo-Young and Brittany Davisand forward Allie Craig Crucemarking the third straight time UA have used this starting combination.

    • Brittany Davis scored the first for Alabama in the game.
    • Taylor Sutton and Jada Rice were the Crimson Tide’s first submarines.
    • Georgia won the first tip.

  • Alabama has shot above .450 from the field in its last three straight games.
  • Brittany Davis recorded double digits in 27 of 29 games this season with his 26-point performance against the Bulldogs.

    • It was his 11th game over 20 points this season.

  • Megan Abram has recorded consecutive 20-plus-point games in the SEC tournament so far, with his 24 points against Georgia.

    • It was his 10th game over 20 points this season.

  • Allie Craig Cruce had consecutive double-digit scoring games in just his third start this season, collecting 10 points against the Bulldogs.

How did it happen

  • Georgia opened the game with consecutive three-pointers for a 6-0 lead.
  • Brittany Davis opened the scoring for the Crimson Tide and couldn’t be stopped after that.

    • She scored the Tide’s first 11 points in the game, helping Alabama take an 11-8 lead over Georgia midway through the first quarter.

  • Alabama led Georgia, 18-10, at the end of the first quarter.

    • Brittany Davis got 13 of those 18 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field, including 2 of 2 from long range.

  • Taylor Sutton opened the scoring in the second quarter, extending Alabama’s lead to 20-10.

    • The Bulldogs then went on a 7-0 run to close the gap, as Alabama led Georgia by just three points, 20-17.
    • Allie Craig Cruce capped off that scoring drought by draining a three-point field goal.

  • Alabama took a 15-point locker room lead at halftime, 37-22.

    • Megan Abram led all scorers this quarter with nine of 3 of 4 from the field and 3 of 4 from the free throw line.
    • Alabama shot 51.9 percent from the field in the first half, compared to Georgia’s 34.8 percent.

  • Allie Craig Cruce opened the scoring for the Crimson Tide in the second half on a three-pointer, stretching Alabama’s lead, 40-24.

    • Georgia responded with a layup.
    • Alabama responded with a 6-0 run, which included four runs per Megan Abram and two points by Allie Craig Cruce.

      • That run helped the Tide take a 46-26 lead, their best lead in the game so far.

    • However, Georgia responded with a 7-0 run in just one minute and nine seconds.

      • Kristy Curry called a timeout with five minutes and 48 seconds left in the quarter, as Alabama led Georgia, 46-33.

    • Megan Abram capped Georgia running out of time out with a layup in traffic.

  • The Bulldogs outscored the Crimson Tide by six points in the third quarter, 23-17.

    • The Bulldogs have been more effective on the field during that span, scoring on 52.6% of their shots compared to Crimson Tide’s 42.9%.

  • Alabama led Georgia by nine points going into the final 10 minutes, 54-45.
  • With three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Alabama beat Georgia, 14-10, in the period.

    • Despite leading early in the quarter, the Crimson Tide went without a score for four minutes midway through the fourth quarter.

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Alabama women’s basketball will advance to the quarterfinals against third-seeded Tennessee at the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, March 4 at 8:30 p.m. CT.

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