Not all of Alabama women’s basketball point guard Jordan Lewis’ abilities transfer to the stat sheet. Over the last season-and-a-half, the sophomore has developed into the Crimson Tide’s best decision-maker, and someone coach Kristy Curry can trust with the ball in her hands during crucial points of games.
When Lewis goes to the bench, the Crimson Tide’s offensive dynamic changes. Alabama has plenty of experienced guards on the bench who can also produce, but nobody has been able to facilitate Alabama’s offense better than the younger Lewis.
Despite missing three games early in the season with an ankle injury, Lewis’ 63 total assists are 29 more than any other player on the Crimson Tide. And when she isn’t passing to the shooter, she’s making good decisions moving the basketball into the correct areas on the floor. It’s why the sophomore plays a team-high 31 minutes per game.
Lewis was the best player on the floor for Alabama during long stretches of the Crimson Tide’s last two games against Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. Across that two-game span, she played 68 minutes, scored 30 points and turned the ball over just one time.
In the matchup with the Aggies, she hit a career-high five 3-point shots and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Lewis shot just 28 percent from behind the arc as a freshman, but she has become one of the Crimson Tide’s best 3-point threats as of late.
Senior Ashley Williams returned from her upper-body injury on Sunday against Vanderbilt, scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds. Her counterpart, sophomore Jasmine Walker, sat out the game with an ankle injury sustained against Texas A&M.
Curry said that Walker’s injury is not serious and she expects her to be available on Thursday at Kentucky.