Bama Women Down Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Senior Tierney Jenkins scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Alabama women's basketball team past Southern Mississippi, 88-78, Tuesday in Reed Green Coliseum. The win moves the Crimson Tide to 11-2 on the season and drops the Lady Eagles to 5-7 overall.

"We got back to pushing the ball up the floor tonight and made some great passes," Alabama Coach Wendell Hudson said. "This non-conference schedule has done a nice job of preparing us for the SEC portion of our season, which we start Sunday against Auburn. We have played some tough games on the road, including this one tonight, as well as some good neutral-site games. Throughout this stretch in our season I think we were able to define a good mix of players that will help us to be successful as the season progresses."

Joining Jenkins with double-figure points was freshman Jasmine Robinson, who tied her career high with 19 points, and senior LaToya King with 15. Jenkins also had a team-high eight rebounds, while King and junior Ericka Russell both dished out four assists.

"Tierney had another great night for us," Hudson added. "We were able to move Jasmine back to the two-guard position, which helped her to score so much. LaToya also had one of her best games this season. There were a lot of positives to come out of this game."

The Tide shot 52.5 percent from the floor (32-for-61) and forced 28 Lady Eagle turnovers. Alabama also collected 14 steals in the game marking the ninth time this season the Tide has had 10 or more thefts.

Alabama began the game on a 6-0 run over the first 90 seconds of play, all of which were scored by Jenkins. She would go on to score the next two baskets as well to put up the Tide's first 10 points of the game. Southern Mississippi pulled within one at the 13:23 mark, but a 21-10 run by Alabama spanning the next eight minutes helped the Tide to take a 12-point advantage, 38-26. Alabama continued to lead throughout the half and went into intermission up 46-36.

The Lady Eagles went on an 8-3 run early on in the second half to pull within seven, but would not get any closer in the contest. Alabama used several scoring drives to lead by as many as 21 in the game. Southern Mississippi battled late with a 24-14 run, but the Lady Eagle comeback attempt would be halted as time expired on the game clock.

Next up, Alabama opens Southeastern Conference play when it hosts Auburn on Sunday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. CT in Coleman Coliseum. The game will air live on CSS.

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