Jenkins Leads Tide Over Alabama A&M

Senior forward Tierney Jenkins tallied her nation-leading 10th double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Alabama women's basketball team (10-2) to a 67-62 victory over the Alabama A&M Lady Bulldogs (4-5) on Monday in Coleman Coliseum.

Junior guard Ericka Russell scored 14 points, while freshman Kaneisha Horn added 10 points to go along with nine rebounds for the Crimson Tide.

"We did a good job of getting to the ball today," Alabama Head Coach Wendell Hudson said. "They had 25 turnovers, and we had 24 offensive rebounds. I don't want to take anything away from Alabama A&M, though, because they did what they needed to do to keep the game physical."

The matchup versus the Lady Bulldogs served as the Tide's fourth annual Fifth Grade Fastbreak contest that welcomes Tuscaloosa county fifth graders to Coleman Coliseum. Over 3,000 fifth graders took in the action on Monday.

"It was fun having a whole bunch of people here," Russell said. "It meant a lot to us having the fifth graders here since we go out and do community service with them. Having them here cheering and singing helped us pull out the win."

Alabama led for the entire second half, but had to work hard to put away Alabama A&M in the game's final minute.

After the Lady Bulldogs cut the Alabama lead to three points at the 1:11 mark, Russell calmly put down two free throws with 43 seconds remaining to give the Tide a 64-59 lead. From there, the Lady Bulldogs missed on two straight scoring opportunities while Jenkins and senior point guard LaToya King combined to make three of four free throws to seal the victory for the Tide.

After leading 35-29 at halftime, Alabama scored the first five points of the second half to take a 40-29 lead less than a minute in. All-in-all it was part of an 11-0 Tide run that stretched back to the 1:42 mark of the first half.

Alabama held a working margin of at least seven points until the game's final three minutes when the Lady Bulldogs made their late push.

The first ten minutes were a tightly contested affair featuring five ties and three lead changes with neither team holding a lead larger than six points. With the score knotted at 12 at the 12:29 juncture, Alabama A&M outscored the Tide 10-4 over the next 2:25 to take its biggest lead of the game at 22-16.

From there Alabama embarked on a 9-2 run, capped off by a Russell three-pointer, to take the lead at 25-24. The Lady Bulldogs would tie the score twice more before the Tide closed the half scoring six straight points to take a 35-29 advantage at intermission.

Jenkins led Alabama's first half scoring with 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, while Russell added eight points.

Junior Whiquitta Tobar scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds to lead Alabama A&M in both categories.

Alabama's next game will be on Dec. 28, versus Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

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