Alabama Women Win At Auburn

AUBURN – Senior Varisia Raffington scored 18 points to lead the Alabama women's basketball team (14-12, 3-10 SEC) to a 59-51 win at Auburn (14-12, 7-6 SEC) on Thursday. The victory was the first for the Crimson Tide on the road against the Tigers since Feb. 10, 2002.

 

For the second consecutive game, Alabama came back from a double-digit deficit to earn the win. The Tide bounced back from a 15.6 percent shooting half in the first to connect on 58.3 percent of its attempts in the second.  

"We really came out in the second half and played well," Alabama Head Coach Wendell Hudson said. "The players are really committing to each other and you saw that in the second half tonight. When you are playing with that commitment and emotion, you make those easy baskets. We have players right now that may see time playing out of their natural position that are really stepping up. This was a great win for us."  

Joining Raffington with double-figure points in the game was senior Tierney Jenkins and junior Ericka Russell, who added 12 apiece. Jenkins also tallied 13 rebounds for her 17th double-double of the season.  

Alabama struggled offensively in the early goings missing its first six shots allowing Auburn to build a six-point lead with less than four minutes played. From there, the Tide would outscore the Tigers 10-4 eventually taking its first lead of the game at the 13:13 mark off a three-pointer from Russell. Alabama led by as many as five before Auburn regained possession of the lead with a 6-0 run. The Tigers would remain in front for the duration of the first taking a 27-18 lead into the locker room at the half.  

Auburn's advantage reached double digits for the first time at the 19:12 mark of the second half, but a 15-7 run by the Tide, 11 of which were scored by Raffington, brought Alabama within three at 38-35. The teams would trade baskets over the next several minutes before the Tide put up six straight points to give Alabama the lead back at 10:30. The Tide continued to pour in the points and eventually took its largest lead of the game of nine with 6:46 remaining. The Tigers would contest down the stretch, but Alabama held on for the eight-point victory.  

Next up, the Tide returns home to take on Mississippi on Sunday, Feb. 20. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT in Foster Auditorium.

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