Jan. 29, 2015
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The women’s basketball team fell, 85-54, to No. 1/1 South Carolina on Thursday in Colonial Life Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 12-11 overall and 1-7 against Southeastern Conference opponents, while the win lifts the Gamecocks to 20-0 on the season and 8-0 in league play.
Redshirt freshman Karyla Middlebrook led Alabama with 11 points, while freshmen Quanetria Bolton and Hannah Cook added nine apiece. Cook also had a game-best six rebounds, while junior Nikki Hegstetter dished out a team-high four assists. South Carolina freshman A’ja Wilson led all scorers with 17 points.
The two teams traded baskets over the first five minutes, but 12 unanswered for South Carolina over the next four minutes gave the Gamecocks a 20-8 advantage at the 11:39 mark. South Carolina went up by as 20 in the period and took a 38-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Gamecocks would, again, push their lead out to 20 in the second half, but Alabama was able to cut it down to 13 with 12:40 to go. From there, South Carolina used a 17-2 run over the next five minutes to extend the lead to 28 and eventually 31 in the final minute of the contest.
For the game, the Tide shot 35.8 percent (19-53), while the Gamecocks were 56.9 percent (33-58) from the floor. Alabama shot better from the free throw line as the Tide hit 10 of 13 attempts (76.9 percent) compared to South Carolina’s 17 for 25 (68 percent). The Gamecocks outrebounded Alabama, 37-22.
Next up, the Tide returns home for a matchup with the Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday, Feb. 1. The game will air live on SEC Network+ beginning at 1 p.m. CT from Foster Auditorium.
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