Alabama Falls to Hot-Shooting Missouri Squad on Sunday
The Alabama women’s basketball team fell to the Missouri Tigers, 77-61, on Sunday afternoon in Coleman Coliseum.
Coming into the game, in SEC play, the Tigers led the conference and ranked seventh nationally in field-goal percentage. That hot shooting continued in Tuscaloosa, as Missouri shot 59.6% from the field compared to Alabama’s 40.4%.
“Just credit those guys [Missouri], a lot of those are fourth and fifth year kids that have been in this league and do a really great job,” said head coach Kristy Curry. “When you learn about their team I think it’s the hours in the gym beyond practice and it’s their summer plan and what they do getting shots up.”
The Tigers hit those shots early, draining four three-pointers to build a 24-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Tide cut the lead down to three points in the second quarter, but the Tigers closed the half on a 10-0 run, taking a 42-29 lead into the break.
After the Tigers jumped out to an early 47-31 advantage, the Tide battled back and cut the lead down to single digits, 47-38, with 6:02 left in the third quarter. That was the closest it would get for the remainder of the game as Missouri took control for the rest of the quarter, going up 61-44 heading into the final frame. Missouri held tight in the fourth quarter, securing the 77-61 victory.
Four Alabama players scored in double figures including JaMya Mingo-Young (15), Megan Abrams (14), Jada Rice (12), and Hannah Barber (12).
Missouri was led in scoring by LaDazhia Williams with 18 points.
The Tigers outrebounded the Tide 30-26.
Up next, Alabama (11-9, 2-7 SEC) travels to face No. 1 South Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. CT on the SEC Network Plus.