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Alabama advances to quarterfinals of SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Alabama beats Tennessee, faces Kentucky in SEC tourney quarterfinals

The Alabama Women’s Basketball team of Coach Kristy Curry advanced to the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Championship Tourney as the Crimson Tide downed Tennessee, 72-64, in Greenville, S.C., Thursday.
It was Bama’s second win of the season against the fifth-seeded Vols, who lost their SEC Tourney opener after 23 consecutive wins. It was Bama’s third straight win over Tennessee.
Next up for Alabama, the No. 12 seed in the tournament, is No. 4 seed and 20th ranked Kentucky. Tipoff Friday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. EST (1:30 central time) with coverage on the SEC Network. The Wildcats defeated Alabama 71-54 in regular season play.
This will be the Tide’s first appearance in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals since 2005.
Alabama improved to 19-12 on the season, while Tennessee fell to 19-11. The Wildcats are 20-9 and went 11-5 in SEC regular season play.
With Tennessee trailing throughout the fourth quarter, the Vols were forced to foul and the Tide made 10-14 free throws in the final minute of play to secure the victory.
Alabama trailed Tennessee by 10 points early in the third quarter when the Tide went on a 16-2 run and finished the period with a 43-39 lead. Hannah Cook hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter, and Tennessee was never able to catch Bama in the final period.
The Vols made only one of their final 11 shots in the third quarter.
Meoshonti Knight led the Tide in scoring with 16 points. Shaqauera Wade had 12 points and Jordan Lewis, Ashley Williams, and Ashley Knight had 10 each. Ashley Knight led Alabama with 11 rebounds as Bama won the battle of the boards, 44-31. She also blocked six shots. Lewis had eight of Alabama’s 16 assists.
Alabama hit 25-59 field goals (42.4 per cent), including 6-16 three-pointers (37.5 per cent), and made 16-22 free throws (72.7 per cent). The Vols were 24-67 on field goals (35.8 per cent), 3-9 on treys (33.3 per cent), and 13-19 on foul shots (68.4 per cent).
Mercedes Russell led the Vols with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

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