Alabama women’s basketball ends decent year with close loss

9/28/21 WBB First Practice Alabama Head Coach Photo by Rodger Champion

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter AJ Holliday

University of Alabama women’s basketball team season came to an end Sunday after being defeated by South Dakota State, 78-73, in the WNIT Quarterfinals. The Crimson Tide finish the season 20-14, 6-10 SEC. It was a great run for the Tide to end the season, the team could’ve given up after not making the NCAA Tournament, but they fought hard in the SEC Tournament and gave it everything they had in the WNIT.

Alabama started the season on fire, going 10-2 in its first 12 games. It looked like a team destined to make another run at the NCAA Tournament, but its next two games against Little Rock and Winthrop would be cancelled because of COVID. Bama would go 1-6 in its next seven games, losing five straight.

After a disappointing end to the season, the Tide were given the 11th seed in the SEC Tournament. In the first round, they matched up with cross-state rival Auburn. The Crimson Tide won 75-68 and next played the No. 6 seed, Georgia Bulldogs. Bama would go on to complete the upset 74-62, but lost their next game to the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, 74-59.

Bama earned a spot in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and played Troy in the first round, where the Tide earned the road win 82-79. The next round featured a rematch against Tulane. The Green Wave won their regular-season meeting 69-66, but the rematch favored Alabama, who won 81-77. The next round featured the Houston Cougars, who Bama defeated in the regular season 77-67. The rematch ended the same way.

The quarterfinal match-up would prove to be a tough one for the Tide as they faced South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits fanbase showed out in force, with more than 6,000 fans in attendance and its best crowd in more than six years.

Alabama went on a 22-7 run to start the third quarter to take its first lead of the game, but that wouldn’t be enough as the Tide went scoreless for more than five minutes in the fourth quarter. The Crimson Tide ended its season with a 78-73 loss.

The Crimson Tide were led this season in scoring by senior guard Brittany Davis, who averaged just shy of 18 points a game. In second was senior Megan Abrams, who averaged 15. Third was JaMya Mingo-Young, with 11.6 points per game.

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