Cook Leads Four in Double Figures as Alabama Tops UT Martin, 68-55 Crimson Tide improves to 7-3 on the season
Dec. 4, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Freshman Hannah Cook scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Alabama women’s basketball team to a 68-55 victory over UT Martin on Thursday night at Foster Auditorium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 7-3 on the season, while the loss drops the Skyhawks to 2-6.
“I was very pleased with our team’s energy tonight and finding a way to win,” said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. “It was certainly a better feeling in the locker room than it was a year ago. It’s a good win for us. It’s that seventh win, and that’s as many as we had in non-conference play a year ago. There were a lot of positives as we head into the weekend.”
Joining Cook in double figures was redshirt freshman Karyla Middlebrook with 14 and junior Nikki Hegstetter and sophomore Ashley Williams with 11 points apiece. UT Martin was led by sophomore Ashia Jones, who had 18.
For the game, Alabama shot 44.4 percent (20-45), while UT Martin was 42.9 percent (21-49) from the floor. The Tide forced 27 Skyhawk turnovers, which resulted in 31 points for UA.
Alabama got off to a 6-0 lead and remained in front until the 10:25 mark of the half when a jumper from Jones gave UT Martin the 12-11 edge. From there, the Tide scored 12 of the next 14 points to take a 23-14 lead with 5:35 to go, however the Skyhawks finished out the period on an 11-3 run to close the gap to one point, 26-25, at the half.
UT Martin led briefly at the beginning of the second period, but the Tide scored seven unanswered points over the next two minutes to lead 35-29 with 16:56 on the clock. The Skyhawks would pull within one at the 13:26 mark but would come no closer. Alabama led by as many as 16 in the game and outscored UT Martin, 14-8 over the final six minutes.
Alabama will play its third of three games this week when it hosts No. 12/15 Nebraska on Sunday, Dec. 7 at Foster Auditorium. The game is slated to tip off at 2 p.m. CT.
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“He literally knocked the door down. I mean right off its hinges. A policeman came in and asked who knocked the door down, and Coach Bryant said, "I did". The policeman just said "Okay" and walked off.”
Describing an irate Bryant after a 7-7 tie with Tennessee.