“I really liked the growth and toughness in our team this weekend,” said Alabama Coach Kristy Curry. “We got off to great starts, and our bench really brought us great energy.”
Williams recorded game highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds for the seventh double-double of her career and second of the season. Cook added 13 points and eight rebounds for Alabama, while redshirt freshman Karyla Middlebrook dished out a game-best six assists. Temple was led in scoring by senior Tyonna Williams with 15 points and in rebounding by junior Erica Covile with 11 boards.
Junior Nikki Hegstetter knocked down the first basket of the game, but Temple would jump in front minutes later. The Tide then scored 12 unanswered points over a four minute span to lead 18-8 at the 8:55 mark. From there, the Owls used a 14-4 run to even the game at 22 with 3:49 remaining in period. Both teams would chip in five more points to keep the game tied up, 27-27, at the half.
Alabama scored the first six points of the second half and would hold onto the lead from there. A three-pointer from senior Sharin Rivers with 9:19 to go gave the Tide a double-digit cushion, 48-37. Temple was able to cut the Alabama lead down to five on two occasions, but would not get any closer.
Next up, the Tide returns home to Foster Auditorium for a matchup with Alabama A&M on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CST.