Nov. 21, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama women's basketball team outscored Wisconsin by 13 in the second half to earn its first win under head coach Kristy Curry
, 70-62, Thursday night at Foster Auditorium. The victory moves the Crimson Tide to 1-3 on the season, while the loss drops the previously unbeaten Badgers to 3-1.
"This is not so much about me," said Curry. "I am just happy for the kids. They have done everything we have asked from day one. It's great to see them get some confidence. It wasn't the easiest start, schedule wise, but for these kids to be able to get a win against a great Big Ten team, it was really good for their confidence. I'm so excited for them."
Ashley Williams led Alabama with 18 points, 13 of which were scored in the second half, and eight rebounds.
"We have been practicing so hard these past couple of days," said Williams. "To get out there and get the win felt really good."
Four additional Tide players finished with double-figure points including Khadijah Carter (15), Daisha Simmons (11) and Karyla Middlebrook (10). Wisconsin was led by Morgan Paige, who had a game-high 28 points.
The Tide opened up the scoring when Simmons converted a Wisconsin turnover into a layup just seconds into the game, however that would be the only lead Alabama would hold in the first half as Wisconsin made a run to take control of the game. The Badgers led by as many as 13 in the first 20 minutes, but Alabama was able to cut it down to five at the half, 38-33, thanks to an 8-0 run.
The defense sparked an Alabama comeback in the second half, as the Tide forced four early turnovers en route to taking a 39-38 lead with 16:34 to go. Alabama opened on an 18-4 run, reaching a nine-point lead with 8:04 to play. Wisconsin would come within four late, but four made free throws in the last minute, two for Simmons and two for Williams, sealed the victory.
For the game, Wisconsin completed 40.4 percent (21-62) of its attempts compared to 33.8 percent (23-68) for Alabama, however the Tide forced nine steals and 19 total Badger turnovers, while turning the ball over only nine times.
Alabama returns to action on Monday, Nov. 25, when it hosts the Alabama A&M Bulldogs at Foster Auditorium. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CT.
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