Senior Ashley Williams helped the Alabama women’s basketball team power past Auburn, 70-60, inside Coleman Coliseum on Sunday, with her second consecutive double-double after finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
“All year we talked about grit and gratitude and I thought today we showed that by out working them down the stretch,” said head coach Kristy Curry. “We played with a really thankful heart and I want to thank our crowd because I thought they were phenomenal and were the best crowd of the year. We’re going to need that on Thursday night and my challenge is that everybody in Tuscaloosa to be here on Thursday night because we’re going to need their help.”
“Again I thought our kids played with a lot of grit and gratitude down the stretch. We outrebounded them by 15, had four players in double figures, and Ashley (Williams) had a double-double. I thought our kids really wanted this one today and it showed against team that makes you play ugly. I thought both teams played great, and it was just a good women’s basketball game.”
The Crimson Tide (17-10, 7-7 SEC) went 25-of-28 (89 percent) from the free throw line to top the Tigers (13-13, 4-10 SEC) and win its third-straight Southeastern Conference game.
Senior Hannah Cook finished the game with 14 points, six rebounds and three assists, while sophomore Jordan Lewis chipped in 12 points and junior Shaquera Wade added 11 points and eight rebounds in the win.
The two sides began the game going back-and-forth with neither team gaining much of an advantage as Auburn led after the first quarter 12-10.
Alabama opened up the second quarter on fire, coming out with a 13-0 run to take the 23-12 lead with 7:33 left until halftime. The Tigers answered by outscoring the Tide 18-6 the rest of the half to go up 30-29 into the break.
In the third quarter, the Tide and Tigers continued to battle with the UA taking the 46-45 edge into the fourth quarter after Wade was fouled with .6 seconds left on the clock and knocked down both free throws.
After Auburn took the 53-52 lead with 7:39 left in the game, Alabama was finally able to break away. The Tide responded by going on a 10-0 run capped off by back-to-back layups from Williams to give UA the 62-53 lead with 4:36 remaining.
The Tide never looked back, hitting free throws down the stretch to keep Auburn at bay.
Alabama dominated Auburn on the boards, outrebounding the Tigers 43-28 and cashing in on 20 offensive rebounds with 18 second chance points.
The Tide will return to action for its final regular season home game on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. CT to take on No. 20 Georgia inside Coleman Coliseum. The game will air live on SEC Network+.