Alabama Women’s Basketball Defeats Southern Miss on the Road
The Alabama women's basketball team defeated the Southern Miss Eagles 56-47 inside of Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Sunday.
"Just really proud of our team, we just continue to have that growth mindset," said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. "Sure there are things we need to continue to work on and improve, but really good teams find ways to win."
The Golden Eagles held an early lead and after going up 18-11 with 6:33 left in the second quarter, Curry had seen enough and called a timeout to gather her team.
"We kept giving up buckets, it's hard to start a transition game when you can't get stops," said Curry. "They were scoring and we weren't getting very many stops... when you look across the country at any level, when you're playing against the set defense it makes it a lot harder."
The Crimson Tide corrected those mistakes quickly and responded with a 13-0 run to retake the lead, 24-18.
"We got some stops, we were able to get some good looks, [and] not allow the play against the set defense," said Curry.
Southern Miss finally scored with 2:50 left in the second quarter to make the score 24-20. Alabama suffered three turnovers in the final three minutes and both teams failed to score the rest of the half. The Crimson Tide took the four point lead into the break.
The third quarter was dominated by Brittany Davis who scored 15 of Alabama's 18 points. Davis, who has struggled from beyond the arc in the last few games, hit four three-pointers in the third quarter. Davis finished the game with 24 points.
On the other end, another Davis led the way for Southern Miss in the third quarter. Dominique Davis scored nine of her team's 17 points, hitting four-of-five shots.
Alabama took a 42-37 lead into the final frame.
The fourth quarter proved to be slow as both teams only made three field-goals and combined for 14 fouls and ten turnovers.
With a 50-43 lead, Alabama hit six-of-eight free throws in the final 3:14 to secure the 56-47 victory.
Up next, Alabama (7-2) welcomes Little Rock (2-6) to Coleman Coliseum on Thursday, Dec. 15. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. CST on the SEC Network.
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