AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama bounced back in a big way with its largest margin of victory in Auburn Arena after defeating the Tigers (6-9, 0-4 SEC), 75-48 Sunday afternoon. The win for the Crimson Tide (11-6, 1-3) is its first in 2020 and its first in Southeastern Conference play.
Junior Jasmine Walker tallied her third double-double of the season after dropping in 23 points including knocking down four three-pointers to go along with 10 rebounds. Junior Jordan Lewis poured in 16 points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists. Senior Cierra Johnson also added 11 points and four assists off the bench, while junior Ariyah Copeland chipped in 10 points in the win.
From Coach Curry
“I thought we came out a little jittery and Auburn played as good as they could. We just had to weather the storm,” said head coach Kristy Curry. “We stayed together and rebounded the ball better and took better care of the ball from the second quarter on and that was the difference.”
The Tigers jumped out to a 20-14 lead at the end of 10 minutes of play.
In the second quarter is where the game turned in favor of the Tide. Alabama took the 24-22 lead after sophomore De’Sha Benjamin converted a layup with 7:02 on the clock. With the game tied at 26-26 at the 2:12 mark, the Tide went on a 25-0 run that broke the game wide open.
With the 33-26 halftime lead, the Crimson Tide continued its run in the third quarter, quickly building a 51-26 advantage following senior Ashley Knight’s layup. UA carried its 57-33 lead into the final quarter.
In the fourth, Auburn cut the lead to 57-38, before Alabama responded with a 9-0 spurt to make it 66-38 with 5:43 left to go in the game. The Crimson Tide led by as many as 32 point in the fourth on its way to the 75-48 win.
Walker came up one-point shy of tying her career high, while the 23 points were the most for her in a conference game. The Montgomery, Ala., native has now compiled nine double-doubles in her career.
Lewis had a great all-around game, while shooting an efficient 6-of-12 from the floor. With her five assists, the redshirt junior is just four away from taking over the No. 8 spot all-time at Alabama. She is also just 11 points away from reaching 1,000 for her career.
Johnson provided a spark off the bench by scoring double digits for the fourth time over the last six games. The senior tied her season-best after going 3-of-5 (60 percent) from behind the three-point line.
Stat of the Game
From the 2:12 mark in the second quarter and on, the Crimson Tide outscored the Tigers 49-22 for the rest of the game.
Alabama shot an efficient 52 percent (28-of-54) from the floor including draining 11 shots from beyond the arc. The UA defense held Auburn to just 27.5 percent (19-of-69) shooting for the contest.
The Tide shared the ball well with a season-high 21 assists on 28 makes.
The Tide has a bye on Thursday and will return to action to face another top-25 opponent when it travels to Knoxville on Jan. 20 to take on No. 23/24 Tennessee. The game between the Crimson Tide and the Lady Vols will air live on SEC Network, at 6 p.m. CT.