The Alabama women’s basketball team shut down the Ole Miss offense and recorded a 48-37 win over the Rebels in Foster Auditorium Thursday night. The 37 points allowed by the Crimson Tide was the fewest since the 2013 Southeastern Conference tournament when Bama held Mississippi State to 36.
Alabama improved to 14-9 overall and 3-7 in SEC games, while the Rebels fell to 10-12 overall and 2-7 in league games.
Alabama continues at home in Foster Auditorium Sunday hosting Auburn at 1 p.m. CST. The SEC Network will televise the game.
Bama’s offense was up-and-down, going from a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter to a 20-20 tie at halftime. The Rebels went ahead by 24-22 early in the third quarter, but Alabama went on an 8-1 run, capped by a three-pointer from Hannah Cook, to move in front for good. Another run, the final eight points of the quarter, put the Tide up by 38-27 going to the final 10 minutes.
“We did a great job there executing in the first part of the game and getting some great looks, and then kind of went away from who we needed to be,” said Alabama Coach Kristy Curry. “We kept trying to talk at media timeouts and get them settled down a little bit. We kind of panicked there, you know, at times, but we stayed the course, stuck with the game plan and showed some maturity and character. I just thought character won the second half. I’m so happy for our kids.”
Alabama led by double digits almost the entire fourth quarter, getting the lead up to 15 points before the final 48-37.
The Rebels were good on just five of their 29 shot attempts in the second half, including going 1-of-9 on three-point tries.
Alabama shot 15-for-41 (36.6 per cent) from the floor and collected 41 rebounds. Ole Miss was 13-of-58 (22.4 per cent), making just three of its 21 shots from deep, while bringing down 39 rebounds.
Meoshonti Knight was Alabama’s leading scorer with 14 points, while Hannah Cook nearly recorded a double-double, scoring 12 points while bringing in nine rebounds. Nikki Hegstetter also just missed out on a double-double, grabbing 10 boards and nine points.