Alabama’s wheelchair basketball team, both men’s and women’s, swept the Powerade Invitational in a three-game homestand.
In the first game Friday, Alabama men’s basketball beat ABC Medical, 66-45.
Leading the team in scoring was freshman Ignacio Ortega with 19 points, six rebounds, and two assists. Following him was graduate student Dequel Robinson with 12 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Seniors Michael Auprince finished with 14 points, and Rashad Bennett had 10 points.
Alabama shot 32-of-59 for 54 percent from the field, while ABC Medical shot 21-of-57 for 36 percent. The Crimson Tide outrebounded ABC Medical 39-21.
After Fridays win, the Crimson Hammer was passed from senior Lindy Bridges to Michael Auprince after his performance helping cap off the win.
Alabama women’s basketball played two games, both against Memphis. In game one, Friday night, the Crimson Tide defeated Memphis 70-35. On Saturday, won 78-64.
During the first meeting, leading the Crimson Tide was sophomore Kate Lang tallying 23 points, one assist, and one steal. Senior Arinn Young had 17 points, and four assists and junior Babsi Gross had 16 points and six assists.
The Crimson Tide shot 33-of-59 for 55 percent, while Memphis shot 15-of-54 for 27 percent from the field. Alabama won the rebounding battle, 45-25.
In the second contest, Memphis found its shot and was competitive throughout the game. Mike Archie, finished with 33 points, going 8-of-11 and 72 percent from beyond the arc.
It’s always different the second time playing the same team. Alabama found success through Kate Lang and sophomore Rosie Lalonde, and Memphis changed things from Friday night. Because of Archie’s shooting, Memphis had its moments of momentum.
Leading the Crimson Tide was Arinn Young finishing with 30 points and six assists. Following her was Kate Lang tallying 22 points, and eight assists. Rosie Lalonde had 18 points going 9-of-10 for 90 percent from the field.
Throughout the game, Lang found Lalonde over the top for the layup. Alabama remained calm, patient, and was aware of ball placement.
The Crimson Tide shot 34-of-54 for 63 percent, while Memphis shot 27-of-55 for 49 percent from the field. Alabama outrebounded Memphis 38-18.
After Friday’s win, the Hard Hat award went to freshman Avery Downing for aggressive defense, and today the award went to junior Sarah Maynard for her work in transition.
Alabama returns to action next week for the UA Early College Classic, Friday and Saturday in Stran-Hardin Arena.
The first game on Friday is slated for 11:30 a.m.