Alabama Women Get Road Win
"We got off to a good start in the second half and played really well," said Alabama Coach Wendell Hudson. "We made some baskets and Arkansas missed some shots giving us a chance to build a bit of a lead. We shot really well from the free throw line down the stretch too which was key."
Senior Dedrea Magee led Alabama in scoring with 15 points in addition to nine rebounds and six assists, while junior Tierney Jenkins notched her 11th double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore Ericka Russell added 10 points to round out the three Tide players scoring in double figures.
Alabama got off to a slow start offensively scoring just two points over the opening 8:45. During that stretch, Arkansas put up 13 points of its own taking its largest lead of 11 at the 11:39 mark. Russell ended the scoring drought for the Tide with 11:15 to play knocking down a three-pointer to set the score at 13-5. Alabama went on to outscore the Razorbacks 11-4 cutting the deficit to just two points with 5:14 remaining in the half. The Tide was unable to get any closer in the frame and headed into the break down 26-24.
With just 18 seconds off the clock in the second, Jenkins found herself wide open under the basket and capitalized hitting the layup to tie the game at 26-26. On the next possession, junior Alyson Butler hit a jumper giving Alabama its first lead of the game. For the next few minutes the game went back and forth between the Tide and Razorbacks, but Alabama scored 10 unanswered points for the 47-37 advantage with under 10 minutes to play. The Tide coasted out to a 19-point lead at the 5:16 mark before Arkansas produced 10 points to pull within nine, but couldn't get any closer. Alabama hit 6-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final 1:38 of the game to help cement the win.
The Tide shot 46.2 per cent from the floor, including 50 per cent in the second half. The Tide bench outscored the Razorback reserves 48-22, and Alabama collected 11 more rebounds in the contest leading the battle of the boards 45-34.
Next up, Alabama will play its final home game of the 2010 season, and recognize its senior class, when it hosts Mississippi State on Thursday. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. (CST) in Coleman Coliseum.