The Alabama women’s basketball team lost to USC 60-57 on Saturday inside South Point Arena in Las Vegas to close out the 2019 South Point Thanksgiving Shootout. It’s the Crimson Tide’s second loss of the season, ending a five-game win streak.

Sophomore De’Sha Benjamin led Alabama scoring 13 points, while senior Cierra Johnson finished with 11 points and five rebounds. Redshirt junior Jordan Lewis was named a member of the 2019 All-Tournament Team after averaging 15 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games.

Despite Alabama showing improvements so far this season, head coach Kristy Curry is still looking for more. Games like this, early in the season mean a lot when March comes around.

We’re disappointed,” Curry said in a press release. “We weren’t able to hit shots, especially in a situation where both teams are tired. I thought our bench would’ve helped us a little more, but we didn’t have good play from our backcourt. We just have to be more consistent and that’s the most disappointing thing from this experience.”

It was a back-and-forth battle from the start with the Trojans leading for the most part. Every time Alabama rallied, USC answered. With a 6-0 run to go up 50-42 with 7:12 to go in the game, USC kept Alabama always playing from behind. Sophomore Megan Abrams scored six-straight points to make it 56-52 with 2:34 remaining.

Alabama outrebounded USC 37-30, with 15 being offensive boards.

Alabama will next play Thursday, Dec. 5, against Iowa State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, beginning a six-game homestand. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.

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