Alabama women’s basketball lost its fifth game by more than 10 points this season when it lost by 16 against No. 6 Mississippi State on Sunday.

The Crimson Tide finished with seven steals in the game, three of which were by Shaquera Wade, moving her one steal ahead of teammate Cierra Johnson for the team lead in steals with 32.

The three steals also put Wade eighth all-time in program history in steals, one spot ahead of Carol Smith.

Wade has been one of Alabama’s best defenders since she joined the team back in the 2015-16 season. Defensively, her best season was her sophomore year, when she finished with 57 steals and 13 blocks.

For her career, she has 173 steals in 122 games. By the end of the season, if she continues her 1.4 average, she will finish in sixth all time.

This season, Wade has started 20 of Alabama’s 22 games. She is averaging 8.9 points a game, which is just .5 away from her career high, and 4.2 rebounds a game.

She and Johnson are the only two upper classmen who start for Alabama. She averages 32 minutes in Alabama’s nine conference games. Five of those games, she played more than 36 minutes, including the game against Florida, where she played all 40 minutes.

 

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