Tide Women Win Big At Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Junior Ericka Russell scored 28 points, hitting eight three-pointers tying the most in program history, to lift the Alabama women's basketball team over Arkansas, 92-79, in Bud Walton Arena on Sunday. The Crimson Tide finishes the regular season with a 16-13 overall record and 5-11 standing in the Southeastern Conference.

"We put together a complete game today," Alabama Coach Wendell Hudson said. "We attacked the zone right away. Ericka (Russell) hit some early threes, which certainly helped us offensively. This was a great team effort."

Joining Russell with double-figure points was senior Varisia Raffington with 14, freshman Shafontaye Myers with 13, and senior LaToya King and junior Alicia Mitcham, who contributed 10 apiece. Senior Tierney Jenkins collected a game-high 11 rebounds, while King's eight assists were both a game-high and career-best.

Alabama had, possibly, its best offensive first half of the season hitting 55.6 percent of its shots (20-for-36), including 63.6 percent (7-for-11) from the three-point line.

The game was close until 12 unanswered points by the Tide over the course of three minutes gave Alabama a bit of a working margin. Arkansas was able to chip away at its deficit, cutting the Tide lead to five, but Alabama put together an 11-2 run to end the half including a three-pointer at the buzzer from Myers for the 49-32 advantage heading into the break.

The Tide continued to lead throughout the game building as much as a 26-point lead in the second half. The Razorbacks were able to pull within 12, scoring the majority of their points from the free throw line, but could not come any closer. Myers was clutch for Alabama at the charity stripe over the final 3:01 hitting all eight of her attempts.

"Shafontaye stepped up big for us at the free throw line," Hudson added. "She also did a great job setting us up from an offensive standpoint and made some good decisions."

For the game, the Tide hit 55.7 per cent of its shots from the floor (34-for-61) and collected 23 assists. In addition, Alabama converted 24 points off turnovers.

Arkansas finished the regular season at 18-10 overall and 6-10 in the league.

Next up, Alabama will head to Nashville for the 2011 SEC Tournament. The Tide enters the tournament as the No. 10 seed and will take on seventh-seeded LSU on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. CST.

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