Crimson Tide Roll Over Columbia, 81-45, in Tourney Opener

Nov. 26, 2004

SEATTLE - Alabama forced 21 turnovers and shot better than 50 percent from the field Friday, rolling over Columbia, 81-45, in first-round action at the 18th-Annual Seattle Times Husky Classic in Seattle.

The Crimson Tide defense, which has forced at least 20 turnovers in each of Alabama's three wins to open the 2004-05 season, jumped on Columbia (2-1) early, forcing 10 Lions turnovers in the first 10 minutes of play, while opening a 15-4 lead midway through the period. An 8-0 run to end the half extended Alabama's lead to 15, at 31-16, and a 13-2 Tide run to open the second half sealed Columbia's fate.

Navonda Moore led all Alabama scorers with 16 points, while Chanal Johnson added 11 points and nine rebounds. Megan Griffith was the only Columbia player in double digits, leading the Lions with 12 points.

The Crimson Tide will face the winner of Friday's second game, between Washington and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in the tourney title game Saturday at 3 p.m., following the consolation game at 12:30 p.m. Washington has won the last two Seattle Times Husky Classics, and boasts 11 titles in the tournament's 17 years of existence.