ATHENS, Ga. – After trailing 47-25 in the third quarter, Alabama stormed back and tied the game at the end of regulation before falling to Georgia in overtime, 76-75, on Sunday afternoon inside Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga.
For Alabama (14-11, 4-8 SEC), Jordan Lewis tied her career high with 25 points to go along with four assists and four steals. De’Sha Benjamin scored all 15 of her points in the second half and was crucial at the end of regulation. Cierra Johnson and Ashley Knight, along with Jasmine Walker each had 10 points.
“I didn’t think we defended very well in transition to start,” said head coach Kristy Curry. “I thought our kids adjusted in the second half and stayed positive. Georgia shot the ball well to start the game and I give them credit, but man our kids really fought and gave it their all. That was tough at the end there.”
Lewis converted 9-of-11 free throws on her way to a season-high 25 points, while tying her career-high after playing 43 minutes.
Knight provided quality minutes off the bench with her 10 points and three blocks. Alabama’s all-time shot blocker led the team with a 21 plus/minus.
After the first 20 minutes of play Benjamin was 0-of-3 from the floor before finishing with 15 points and six rebounds, including scoring the final seven points for the Tide.