GRAND BAHAMAS The University of Alabama women’s basketball team erupted for 48 second half points to run away from Washington State 66-37. The win in the consolation game of the Junkanoo Jam was the first of the year for the Tide. After the day, UA improves to 1-4 while WSU drops to 1-4 on the year.
Tierney Jenkins led the charge for the Tide with 13 second half points. Alabama shot 68 percent in the period while holding Washington State to a 29 percent clip.
For the game, Jenkins led all scorers with a career-high 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting. Talisha Chandler recorded 11 points and tied a career-high with 14 rebounds.
The Tide shot 56 percent (30-for-54) for the game while the Cougars only mustered a 25 percent (13-for-53) mark. No WSU player reached double-digits as they were led by Kezia Kelly and Colleen Betteridge’s seven points.
Up 18-16 after a defensive first half the Tide awoke for its best half of the season. Alabama out-scored Washington State 48-21 in the period. Tied at 22 with 17:36 left, UA ran off a 26-5 run to secure its first win of the season.
In the first half, the Tide put on one of its best defensive displays of the season. With constant pressure, the stingy Alabama defense only allowed 16 points on five field goals. WSU shot 20 percent (5-for-25) in the half while UA shot 39 percent (9-for-23).
Jenkins was a perfect 4-for-4 in the period with eight points. Chandler grabbed six of her 14 rebounds in the half.
The Tide held the Cougars to under 10 buckets until the eight minute mark in the second half. The Alabama bench scored 25 points as the Tide held the Cougars to no baskets in the last 4:30 of the game.
For the tournament, Jenkins averaged 18.5 points per game and shot 17-for-23 for a 74 percent clip. Chandler averaged 12 boards in the two contests.
Dedrea Magee dished out six helpers with only one turnover while adding five points and three boards. Daleisha Carn tallied nine points on 4-for-6 shooting.
Alabama will continue on the road with two games in Tennessee. The Tide will head to Nashville to face Belmont on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. CT. Alabama will then face Tennessee Tech on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.