AUBURN – Alabama bounced back in a big way with its largest margin of victory in Auburn Arena after defeating the Tigers 75-48 Sunday afternoon.
With the game tied at 26-26 with 2:12 left in the first half Alabama (11-6, 1-3) closed out the second quarter with a 7-0 run. Alabama continued the run in the third quarter, scoring 18 straight points for a 51-26 advantage following senior Ashley Knight’s layup.
Junior Jasmine Walker tallied her third double-double of the season after dropping in 23 points, including knocking down four 3-pointers to go 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.
“I thought we came out a little jittery and Auburn played as good as they could,” Alabama coach Kristy Curry said. “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.”
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.
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 Tennessee.