It’s a good week for Alabama women’s basketball to have some time off.
The Crimson Tide struggled mightily last week, dropping back-to-back road games against Auburn and Kentucky, two teams at the bottom of the SEC standings.
Now, Alabama and coach Kristy Curry will have until Sunday to regroup and figure out what they can fix before hosting Arkansas. The stat sheet would be a good place to start.
UA turned the ball over 41 times over its last two games, while shooting just 39 and 38 percent in those matchups. The Crimson Tide has relied on its defense for much of the season to combat some offensive woes, but that becomes a much taller task when giving opponents extra possessions. In fact, it was so much of a struggle last week that Alabama lost both games despite out-rebounding its opponent. In its first seven conference games, UA had never lost when winning the battle on the glass.
In Sunday’s contest against Auburn, five different Crimson Tide players turned the ball over at least three times, and Alabama’s bench scored only five points. That should change against Arkansas, which does not rank among the SEC’s elite on defense like Auburn.
The Crimson Tide already defeated the Razorbacks on the road earlier this month, and reached the 80-point mark in that game for the fourth time this season. Ashley Williams, Jordan Lewis, and Shaquera Wade all had dominant games against Arkansas the first time around, combining for 50 of Alabama’s 83 points
– Drew Hill