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Putting it nicely, Alabama's Comeback Falls Short for Alabama Women’s Basketball at Vanderbilt...

on 1/27/2017

Crimson Tide Women's Basketball:

The Alabama women's basketball team dropped an 87-80 decision at Vanderbilt on Thursday in Memorial Gymnasium to move to 15-6 overall and 3-5 in Southeastern Conference play. There were 22 three-pointers scored between the two teams in the offensive showdown.

At some point as a team you have to play some defense. Why with the clock running down the team didn't even try to foul, they basically stayed in their base defense! That looked lie a team that just plain out gave up!

"You can't give up 87 points," said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. "Anytime you score 80 you feel like you give yourself a chance to win. We did not, defensively, play with the type of consistent energy you have to play with against these guys as well as they shoot the basketball."

The Crimson Tide had four finish in double figures, including junior Hannah Cook (17), sophomore Shaquera Wade (16), freshman Jordan Lewis (15) and junior Meoshonti Knight (11). Wade and freshman Ashley Knight had five rebounds apiece to lead Alabama on the boards, while Lewis dished out a team-high five assists.

Ashley Knight finished the game with three blocks to move her season total to 55, which is 13 away from tying the UA single-season record.

The Commodores were led by freshman Erin Whalen, who had a game-best 22 points. Senior Marqu'es Webb finished with a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The two teams traded baskets for the first seven minutes of the game before a three-pointer for Vanderbilt sparked an 11-4 run to end the quarter and give the Commodores a 19-12 lead with 10 minutes played.

Vanderbilt continued to shoot the ball well from beyond the arc in the second quarter and led by as many as 20. The Tide would go on to score 12 of the final 15 points of the period to cut its deficit down to 11 at the half and trail 39-28.

Alabama came out hot in the third, putting up nine unanswered points thanks to a trio of threes from Lewis, Wade and Cook. Vanderbilt responded with the next five before Cook knocked down another trey. The Tide cut its deficit to one on two occasions, but an 11-5 run for the Commodores pushed it back out to seven at quarter's end.

Vanderbilt extended its lead to double digits following five straight points to start the fourth. Alabama countered again but would come no closer than six down the stretch.

For the game, the Tide shot 43.8 percent (28-64), while the Commodores were 46.0 percent (29-63) from the floor. Alabama had eight steals compared to Vanderbilt's three, but the Commodores led in rebounds, 42-32.

Alabama returns home for its Sunday game where it will host Auburn in Coleman Coliseum at 5 p.m. CT.


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