TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? Freshman forward Tierney Jenkins erupted for a career-high 29 points to lead the Alabama women’s basketball team to a thrilling 63-60 overtime victory over Hampton on Thursday night from Coleman Coliseum. The Tide has now won three out of its last four games to improve to 5-7 on the season.
“To be down as many players as we are, I really felt we showed a lot of heart,” head coach Stephany Smith said. “To be able to fight back and make some adjustments and knock down shots, I thought it was huge.”
Down 56-55 with 1:26 to go, sophomore Tamara Williams knocked a free throw to tie the game. Hampton had the last possession of regulation but the Tide came up with a huge defensive stop. Sophomore Dedrea Magee blocked Artavia Burns’ shot as time expired to secure overtime.
Magee took the stop and translated it into points in the overtime frame. Not in the scoring column after 40 minutes of play, Magee recorded four of Alabama’s seven points in extra time to push UA to victory.
The young Tide showed resolve in the second half as the Lady Pirates expanded on their 24-21 halftime lead.
After a quick 6-0 run by the Lady Pirates to hand them a 40-30 lead with 13:40 remaining, the Tide quickly responded. Coming out of a timeout, Alabama went on a 14-0 run to take 44-40 lead with 9:48 to go.
Junior Camilla Blands scored eight of her 10 points in that stretch, including two threes to jump-start the Tide.
It was a career-night for Jenkins. The newcomer amassed 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting while knocking down 7-of-8 free throws in 38 minutes of action. Jenkins added nine rebounds, six on the defensive end to lead the Tide. In the first half alone, Jenkins rallied off 14-straight points to keep the Tide in the contest.
“I thought there were so many players down the stretch that gave us a burst in different ways, but with Tierney giving us points on the board, it gave us confidence to continue to fight,” Smith said. “
Alabama shot 49 percent (24-for-49) from the floor and held Hampton to a 39 percent clip (24-for-62). Blands shot 3-of-6 from the floor and was 2-of-5 from beyond the arc to finish with 10 points.
Talisha Chandler grabbed nine boards to help the Tide out-rebound the Lady Pirates 41-34. Burns led Hampton with 20 points on 7-for-22 shooting. Burns chipped in three three-pointers and three fouls shots. Laura Lewis added 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Alabama will continue its home stand with a Saturday matinee against Jacksonville State. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. from Coleman Coliseum.