Alabama takes down Wake Forest in the Pink Flamingo Championship

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NASSAU, Bahamas – In a game that featured 11 lead changes and six ties, the Alabama women’s basketball team emerged victorious with a 61-58 victory over Wake Forest (3-3) on Wednesday in the final day of the Pink Flamingo Championship.

Megan Abrams, who converted a 3-pointer with four seconds left in regulation for the game-winning point, had her second straight double-double to pace Alabama (3-2) with 14 points. Davis had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Jada Rice had 11 points, three blocks and two rebounds.

Wake Forest had three players reach double figures as Demeara Hinds had 18 points, Jewel Spear had 16 and Kaia Harrison had 12 points.

Alabama head coach Kristy Curry said
“I’m just really proud of our team. I think that’s what really good teams do, is find a way to win games that are a little ugly sometimes. I really commended our team for playing down.”

Game statistics

  • The contest had 11 lead changes and six ties in the game, including six lead changes in the fourth quarter alone
  • Abrams had his second consecutive double play and third this season
  • The difference in the game came down to free throws as both the Tide and Deacs made 23 field goals and five 3-pointers.
  • Alabama was 10 of 17 from the free throw line while Wake Forest was 7 of 12 from the charity stripe.

How it happened

  • After Wake Forest’s 5-2 start, Jada Rice reeled off back-to-back layups to give UA a 6-5 lead with 4:09 on the clock.
  • However, the Deacs outscored the tide 13-4 to close the quarter with an eight-point lead (18-10).
  • Three layups by Rice in the first four minutes of the second quarter capped a 13-5 Tide run that tied the game at 23-23 (3:49)
  • With two minutes left in the half, Megan Abrams converted a three-point play to give UA its first lead since the first quarter (26-25).
  • Rice (10) and Abrams (6) combined for 16 points in the half as UA went into the break trailing 28-26.
  • Six points from Brittany Davis and a layup from Abrams put UA back in the lead (34-31)
  • Alabama would continue to build its lead, going on a 13-7 run over the next four and a half minutes to take a nine point lead (47-38) with less than two minutes left in the quarter.
  • Wake Forest would battle back to make it a one game game at the end of the quarter with UA leading 48-45
  • The two teams saw six lead changes and a tie in the fourth quarter
  • A layup by Loyal McQueen gave UA the lead (53-52) with 4:27 to play.
  • Wake Forest held one play until time expired, including tying the Crimson Tide at 58-58 with 17 seconds on the clock.
  • Another 3-pointer by Abrams with four seconds on the clock ended the game and gave the Tide the win

Next time

  • Alabama returns home to play Gardner-Webb at Coleman Coliseum on Sunday
  • The Crimson Tide and the Runnin’ Bulldogs will tip off at 2pm CT on SEC Network+

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