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Alabama Women’s Basketball Drops SEC Opener at No. 6/6 South Carolina...

on Monday, January 02, 2017

Crimson Tide Women's Basketball:

Just not even close to prime-time...!

The Alabama women's basketball team dropped its Southeastern Conference opener at No. 6/6 South Carolina, 93-45, Sunday afternoon at Colonial Life Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide stands at 12-2 overall, while the win lifts the Gamecocks to 11-1.

All the credit goes to South Carolina," said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. "There are four pros in that starting lineup. Hats off to them."

Freshman Jordan Lewis was Alabama's leading scorer with 10 points in addition to a team-best four assists. Juniors Meoshonti Knight and Ashley Williams finished as the Tide's leader in rebounds with six apiece. South Carolina was led by senior Alaina Coates and junior A'ja Wilson, who combined for 42 points, 20 rebounds, four blocks and five steals.

South Carolina opened the game on a 12-2 run and would eventually lead by 20 following a three-point play from Wilson with 1:12 remaining. Knight scored the final basket of the quarter to cut it to 18, 27-9, after the first 10:00.

After a big first quarter, the Gamecocks would outscore Alabama by only one point in the second, 14-13. Junior Quanetria Bolton provided a boost for the Tide off the bench scoring five of Alabama's 13 points. Knight would, once again, score the last bucket of the period to set the score at 41-22 at the half.

South Carolina had its most productive scoring quarter in the third, putting up 31 points. The Gamecocks ended the frame on a 10-0 run to lead 72-33 heading into the final quarter and would outscore the Tide, 21-12, in the fourth for the 48-point win.

For the game, Alabama shot 27.1 percent (16-59), while South Carolina went 53.1 percent (34-64) from the floor. The Gamecocks out rebounded the Tide, 44-27, and scored 54 points in the paint compared to Alabama's 14.

The thing for us is that we have to realize we have 15 opportunities ahead of us," added Curry. "It's a marathon and not a sprint. We need to turn the page quickly on this one and get prepared for Ole Miss."

Alabama will host the Rebels in the Tide's SEC home opener on Thursday, Jan. 5. Tip is set for 7 p.m. CT on SEC Network +.

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