Alabama Women Get First SEC Win

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Senior Tierney Jenkins led four players in double figures with 17 points as the Alabama women's basketball team (12-11, 1-9 SEC) earned its first Southeastern Conference win of the season with a 66-61 victory over Mississippi State (8-13, 0-9 SEC) on Thursday at Humphrey Coliseum.

The win is the Crimson Tide's first over the Lady Bulldogs since Feb. 12, 2006 snapping a five-game losing skid versus Mississippi State.

"It is great to get our first SEC win of the season," Alabama Coach Wendell Hudson said. "We talked to the team earlier this week about the rest of the year being a seven-game regular season. We feel like we can win any of these games we have left on our schedule. We are taking it one game at a time."

To go along with her team-high 17 points, Jenkins chipped in 14 rebounds for her 16th double-double of the season. She was followed by junior Ericka Russell with 16 points and freshmen Kaneisha Horn and Jasmine Robinson, who added 11 apiece. Horn also contributed 12 rebounds for the first double-double of her career.

"Tierney is playing really well for us right now," Hudson added. "I thought Kaneisha also played a great game. They were both big on the boards for us. I think Ericka made some key baskets tonight. When she is hitting shot, and with the combination of her and Tierney, we really have a great chance to be successful."

Alabama got on the board first in the game, but Mississippi State responded on the ensuing drive to tie the game. The Lady Bulldogs held a brief lead moments later before the Tide's solid defense forced eight turnovers resulting in a 13-0 run. Alabama remained in front for the duration of the half, leading by as many as 13 before the break.

The Tide made nine trips to the free throw line in the first connecting on 11 of its 17 attempts. Russell led a balanced Alabama offense with seven points heading into the locker room.

The Tide and Lady Bulldogs traded points to start the second until Alabama strung together a 14-4 run to take a 50-33 advantage. From there, Mississippi State put up nine unanswered points to cut the deficit down to single digits, but the Tide would, again, claw back and responded with an 8-0 run to lead 58-42 with 7:26 to go. The Lady Bulldogs failed to go away easily cutting the Alabama lead down to four at the 1:05 mark, but a Russell three-pointer with 37 seconds to go sealed the win for the Tide.

Next up, Alabama heads to No. 24 Georgia on Sunday, Feb. 6. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. CT with the game airing live on FSN.

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