FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Alabama women’s basketball team fell to Elon, 60-55, in the final game of the Puerto Rico Clasico despite senior Meoshonti Knight surpassing 1,000 points in her career on Friday night at Cardinal Gibbons High School.
“She’s (Knight) started for four years and has worked so hard, she’s so coachable and I just want to give a congratulations to her on a tough day where our team didn’t win,” said Alabma coach Kristy Curry. “It is a bright spot to get over 1,000 points, and I’m really proud of her. She nearly had a double-double with eight rebounds, and down the stretch she really played hard for us.”
The Crimson Tide (4-2) held the Phoenix (5-0) to just 38 percent shooting, while forcing 22 turnovers in the loss.
Knight finished with 14 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter, to go along with eight rebounds, while senior Hannah Cook finished with 13 points and senior Ashley Williams rounded out the Crimson Tide double-digit scorers with 10 points and six rebounds.
The Tide started off slow in the first half, only shooting 28 percent, while holding the Phoenix to just 29 percent. Elon held a 26-19 advantage after the first 20 minutes in the low-scoring affair.
In the second half UA showed some fight, pulling within three points late when junior Shaquera Wade completed the three-point play after being fouled on a drive to the basket with 25 seconds remaining in the game.
The Phoenix responded by converting on its free throws down the stretch to stop the Tide’s comeback attempt.
The Crimson Tide returns to action against TCU on Friday Dec. 1, in Fort Worth, Texas.