Alabama head coach Kristy Curry had hoped that the consistency the Crimson Tide showed in practice this week would translate into their second consecutive road game. The Crimson Tide faced the Vanderbilt University Commodores in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday night.
The Crimson Tide was wary of Vanderbilt’s conference record of 0-7 since the Commodores had only lost by six points or less in five of those seven games. Even though Alabama had prepared to fight for a win, the Commodores managed to show up and show out as they clinched a win against the Crimson Tide, 87-80.
“You can’t give up 87 points,” said Curry in a press release. “Anytime you score 80 you feel like you give yourself a chance to win. We did not, defensively, play with the type of consistent energy you have to play with against these guys as well as they shoot the basketball.”
Alabama was toe-to-toe with Vanderbilt in the beginning of the first period until the Commodores began to take the lead towards the 2nd period. With 1:45 left in 2nd period, Vanderbilt had a 16 point lead against Alabama. The Tide followed behind by 12 points or fewer until the final buzzer.
Junior guard Hannah Cook lead the Tide with 17 points in the game, while Shaquera Wade accounted for five rebounds, and four-time SEC Freshman of the Week Jordan Lewis recorded five assists.
Vanderbilt was led by freshman Erin Whalen, who scored 22 total points and senior Marqu’es Webb who finished the game with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Alabama Women’s Basketball team is now 3-5 in the SEC and 15-6 overall. The Crimson Tide will face the Auburn Tigers (4-3, 14-7) at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Source:: The Crimson White Sports