TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A balanced scoring attack and a dominant fourth quarter were key as the Alabama women’s basketball team routed No. 20 Tennessee, 86-65, for the program’s fifth consecutive victory over the Lady Vols (12-5, 1-4 SEC). The 21-point win is the largest for the Crimson Tide (10-8, 2-3 SEC) over UT in the series’ history.
The Crimson Tide’s offensive attack was balanced and potent, with five players scoring in double figures, including three players scoring at least 15 points. Junior Cierra Johnson led the Tide in scoring, notching 17 points and adding seven rebounds. Sophomore Ariyah Copeland came one rebound short of another double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing nine boards. The Tide received an all-around performance from senior Shaquera Wade, who scored 15 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Junior Jasmine Walker went for 14 points and nine rebounds, including cashing in on three shots from beyond-the-arc.
Alabama’s offense was relentless from tip-off until the final buzzer, including a 50-point outburst in the game’s second half. The Crimson Tide shot 50 percent (34-of-68) from the floor and 44 percent (7-of-16) from three-point land. While the offense played a key role in the game, the Tide’s defense was just as crucial. Alabama held the Lady Vols to just 34 percent (27-of-80) shooting and 17 percent (4-of-23) from three. The Crimson Tide also had 16 assists to Tennessee’s nine.
The Tide will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 20 when it takes on LSU in Coleman Coliseum for the annual “We Back Pat” game. Alabama will also celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 1994 Final Four team. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on SEC Network.