Upperclassmen Lead Women's Basketball to a 51-44 Victory over Houston

Dec. 8, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama women's basketball team posted a 51-44 victory over the Houston Cougars on Sunday in Foster Auditorium. The win puts the Crimson Tide at 4-5 on the season, while the loss drops Houston to 3-6 overall.

"I'm proud of our kids for finding a way to win today," said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. "I thought we had to look at our leadership in our back court. We really did a good job coming out and taking better shots and reversing the basketball and doing the little things that make a big difference."

Alabama got off to a slow start in the first half, scoring four points in the first six minutes of play before engaging in a back-and-forth battle with the Cougars resulting in the lead changing eight times in the first.

After consecutive shots from Daisha Simmons, the Tide pulled ahead with 11:30 left in the game. Alabama remained in front for the rest of the game with key threes from Shafontaye Myers and Khadijah Carter.

Myers led the Tide offensively with 14 points, 12 of which came from three-point range. Simmons contributed 13 points, and Briana Hutchen added a career-best 12 of her own off the bench.

"My teammates and coaches have been instilling a lot of confidence in me lately and relying on me," said Hutchen. "Coach [Curry] always says how we need to bring energy off the bench, and so I took that to heart today and brought it to the game."

Nikki Hegstetter owned the boards for Alabama with a career-high 13 rebounds.

For the game, the Tide shot 33.3 percent (20-60) from the field and 35.3 percent (6-17) from the three point line. Alabama connected on 71.4 percent (5-7) of its free throws and out-rebounded Houston 47-33.

The Tide returns to the court on Tuesday, Dec. 17, when it hosts Jacksonville in Foster Auditorium at 11 a.m. CT. The game will serve as the Alabama's annual 5th Grade Fastbreak contest, welcoming thousands of Tuscaloosa city and county fifth graders.

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