Alabama’s bench continues to struggle.
At the end of its overtime loss to Georgia on Sunday, the Crimson Tide’s reserves had scored just six points, firing only five shots.
In the team’s last five losses, the bench has averaged just 7.6 points.
After the Georgia loss, head coach Kristy Curry said that the bench just wasn’t getting open.
Those struggles are going to continue and most likely get worse. In the fourth quarter of its Sunday loss, freshman De’Sha Benjamin broke her foot, putting her out for the season.
Benjamin played in 25 games this year, starting four. She was the team’s leading scorer off the bench, averaging 6.2 points a game, while corralling 3.4 rebounds a game, which was also a bench high.
She shot 36.5 percent for beyond the arc, which led the team. Her 76.1 percent from the free throw line was the second highest on the team.
Benjamin had made the third most three pointers on the team with 27.
This is the second time Benjamin has missed time this season, as she missed some time because of a concussion at the beginning of January.
The Crimson Tide has two games remaining on its schedule. It is currently three games under .500, meaning it is in danger of missing the NIT Tournament.
For Alabama to keep that tournament hope alive, the rest of the bench is going to need to pick up its play.