Jan. 26, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The women's basketball team used a 19-4 run over the final eight minutes of play to beat Georgia, 69-66, Sunday afternoon at Foster Auditorium. The win snaps a 23-game losing streak against the Lady Bulldogs, which dated back to the 1997-98 season.
Alabama (10-10, 3-4 SEC) was led offensively by senior Shafontaye Myers, junior Sharin Rivers and freshman Ashley Williams, who each added 16 points. Williams also had a team-high nine rebounds, while Myers contributed a team-best four assists and two steals. Georgia (14-6, 2-5 SEC) got 23 points and 10 rebounds from sophomore Shacobia Barbee in addition to 20 points and five assists from senior Khaalidah Miller.
The Tide had another solid all-around performance, out-rebounding Georgia, 34-29, and hitting 16 of its 19 shots from the free-throw line, including all seven attempts in the second half. Alabama also had 25 points from its bench compared to the Lady Bulldogs' six points, large in part due to Myers.
Georgia opened the game with eight unanswered points and led by as many as 10 early on. Alabama gradually chipped away at its deficit and eventually tied the game at the 8:15 mark off a three-pointer from Rivers. The teams would trade baskets for the duration of the half; however the final points would come from Williams with seconds left on the clock to put the Tide in front, 30-29, at the break.
The Lady Bulldogs came out strong in the second half, using an 18-7 run to pull in front, 47-37, just over four minutes in. Alabama responded by scoring 10 of the next 13 points in the game to cut it to three, but another big run for the visiting Lady Bulldogs extended their lead back out to double-digits shortly after. It was at this time when the Tide would put together its game-winning run, which was sparked by three-pointer from sophomore Khadijah Carter.
Next up, Alabama heads to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 30. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. CT.
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