Jan. 12, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The women's basketball team (8-8, 1-2 SEC) captured its first Southeastern Conference win of the season with a 93-79 victory over Ole Miss (9-8, 0-3 SEC) on Sunday at Foster Auditorium.
"Today is all about great energy and great effort," said head coach Kristy Curry. "Energy never fails and our kids have worked so hard. To get this first win in SEC play, I'm so incredibly proud of them because they've done everything we have asked for them to do, and I know I say that over and over, but this week has been incredible."
Four Alabama players turned in double-digit scoring performances, as the Tide set a season-high for points in a regulation game and the most points against an SEC opponent since Feb. 21, 1999, when Alabama had 102 against Vanderbilt. Senior Shafontaye Myers (28) and junior Daisha Simmons (23) combined for 51 points. Freshman Ashley Williams scored 14 points, while junior Briana Hutchen chipped in 13.
Simmons, who shot a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line, also added eight rebounds and seven assists. Myers shot 10-of-19 from the field, including 4-of-7 on three-pointers, and swiped four steals.
Tied 9-9 at the 15 minute mark in the first half, the Tide offense came alive and outscored Ole Miss 39-25 the rest of the half to take a 48-34 lead into halftime. Alabama continued its offensive run in the second half. The Tide shot better than 53 percent from the field in the second half and led by as much as 25 points late in the game.
Next up, Alabama will host Auburn on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. CT in Foster Auditorium.
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