Alabama Basketball: Tide Women Defeat Commodores Advance In SEC Tourney

Alabama Basketball: Tide Women team win first SEC tournament game in 4 years after a 77-57 routing of the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Alabama basketball scores a SEC tournament win as the Tide Women (18-12) stormed into the tournament with a fiery offense, defeating Vanderbilt in the opening round. This is the first tournament win since 2013 and the second most points scored in the tournament in school history.

The team had four players finish in double figures: Sophomore Shaquera Wade lead the team with 21 points, junior Hannah Cook added 15 points, freshman Jordan Lewis scored 13 points and junior Meoshonti Knight contributed 10 points.

Alabama head coach Kristy Curry told http://Rolltide.com

 “I’m just really proud of our team today. The consistent energy and effort for 40 minutes is something that we’ve been looking to do. We’ve had moments where we’ve been in nearly every basketball game and have been so close. It was a little thing here or there. I thought today the little things we really took care of, or big things, and impacted the game. It was a great effort from our entire team.”

The game opened with Vanderbilt scoring first. Alabama then exploded going on an 18-4 run and freshman Jordan Lewis draining back-to-back shots from three-point range. Vanderbilt regained control and ended the quarter on a 9-3 run with Alabama holding the lead, 21-15.

The second half started like a heavyweight fight with both teams battling back and forth in scoring. The Crimson Tide then used their heart, determination and a buzzer-beating shot that extended their lead to 42-30 at halftime.

Alabama continued their power run with six unanswered points to start the third quarter. Alabama’s tenacious defense allowed the team to end the quarter holding the lead, 60-42.

In the fourth quarter, Alabama buried the Commodores by extending the lead and confusing Vanderbilt with their defense. When the game ended, Alabama had scored 34 points from inside the paint to seal the victory, 77-57.

Now, the Crimson Tide must refocus and prepare for a rematch with their rivals the No. 5 seeded Tennessee Volunteers. Alabama defeated the Volunteers a few weeks ago with a 65-57 victory inside Coleman Coliseum.

The Alabama – Tennessee rematch will take place tomorrow at 1:30 PM. Go to our Facebook page and let us know if you expect the Tide to knock off the Vols again.