Top-Ranked Gamecocks Too Much For Crimson Tide
The Alabama women’s basketball team (11-10, 2-8 SEC) fell to the No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks (21-1, 9-1 SEC), 83-51, on Thursday night inside of Colonial Life Arena.
“South Carolina was obviously the number one team in the country,” said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. “A lot of people have come in here and had this happen and I think it’s all about your response.”
The Gamecocks started off strong with two Zia Cooke three-pointers putting them ahead, 12-2, early in the first quarter. Alabama’s Brittany Davis drained two three-pointers of her own, but the Gamecocks shot 70.0% from the field in the opening frame, taking a 36-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Tide struggled to find success offensively, only putting five points on the board. Megan Abrams hit the only field goal of the quarter for Alabama. South Carolina took a 53-24 lead into the break.
The Gamecocks continued to find success on the offense end in the third quarter, stretching the lead out to, 74-41, heading into the final frame.
The Tide outscored the Gamecocks, 10-9, in the fourth quarter.
Brittany Davis led the Tide in scoring with 20 points followed by Jamya Mingo-Young (9) and Hannah Barber (8). Davis picked up her sixth 20-plus point performance of the season. Alabama shot 27.3% from the field.
Aliyah Boston led the Gamecocks in scoring with 20 points. South Carolina shot 53.2% from the field.
Up next, Alabama travels to Nashville, Tenn. to face the Vanderbilt Commodores on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.