Dec. 17, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Four players finished with double-figure points as the Alabama women's basketball team beat Jacksonville, 75-62, in front of a packed house of fifth graders at Foster Auditorium on Tuesday morning. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 5-5 on the season, while the loss drops the Dolphins to 3-5.
Shafontaye Myers led the way for Alabama with a season-high tying 20 points, 12 of which came from three-point range. She was followed by Ashley Williams with 15, Daisha Simmons, with 13 and Khadijah Carter with 10. Williams also pulled down a career-best and game-high nine rebounds in the victory. Jacksonville was led by Queen Alford, who had 19 points and eight rebounds.
The first half went back and forth for 15 minutes until a three-pointer from Carter gave Alabama a five-point lead, 28-23, which was the largest for either team to that point. The Tide would go on to score six straight from there to cap off an 11-0 run. After going scoreless for just over four minutes, Jacksonville outscored Alabama 6-3 down the stretch, setting the halftime score at 37-29.
The Dolphins put up five unanswered points at the start of the second half, pulling within three, before Williams scored off the feed from Nikki Hegstetter at the 18:25 mark. Jacksonville was unable to get any closer for the duration of the contest as Alabama would go on to lead by as many as 19 in the contest.
For the game, the Tide shot 54.9 percent (28-51) from the floor, its highest percentage of the season, including 45.5 percent (5-11) from three-point range. The Dolphins went 39.7 percent (27-68) for the game overall and 20 percent (2-10) from beyond the arc. Jacksonville had a slight edge in rebounds, 39-36. The Tide also had 15 assists and 11 steals in the game.
Alabama plays its final game for breaking for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 20, hosting Troy at Foster Auditorium. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT.
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