ATHENS, Ga. — For only the fourth time in program history and the first time since 1997, the Alabama women’s basketball team defeated Georgia in Athens, 58-53, on Sunday in Stegeman Coliseum. The victory for the Crimson Tide (11-10, 3-5 SEC) snapped a 12-game road losing streak to the Lady Bulldogs (13-8, 3-4 SEC).
“It was a really gutsy win today in a tough environment,” said head coach Kristy Curry. “I’m really proud of our kids today; their character was amazing. Today was a great confidence-builder for our team.”
Alabama was led by junior Cierra Johnson, who had 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half. Johnson also notched career highs in rebounds with eight and in steals with seven. Freshman De’Sha Benjamin totaled double-digit points for the second consecutive game, adding 11 points and six rebounds off the bench. Sophomore Jasmine Walker also chipped in nine points in the win.
The Tide never trailed in the second half and held the Lady Bulldogs to just 29 percent (18-of-62) shooting for the game, while shooting 42 percent (24-of-57) from the field. Alabama also outrebounded Georgia, 43-39.
The Tide will return to action for another SEC matchup against No. 7 Mississippi State on Sunday, Feb. 3, at noon CT in Coleman Coliseum.