How Alabama women's basketball upset No. 14 Mississippi State

James Fletcher
The Tuscaloosa News
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Alabama Guard Jordan Lewis (3)
Photo by Crimson Tide Photos

Alabama (11-1, 4-1 SEC) defeated No. 14 Mississippi State (8-3, 3-2) 86-78 on Thursday at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi.

After falling behind in the first half, Alabama rallied to win behind the dominant play of guards Jordan Lewis and Megan Abrams.

The backcourt duo dominated on both ends of the floor and made high-effort plays throughout the second half.

Lewis led the team with 22 points and Abrams added 18 in an upset road win.

Here are three things we learned:

A tale of two halves

Alabama was in a close game with Mississippi State at the end of the first quarter, responding to every run the Bulldogs made.

The Crimson Tide cooled off to start the second quarter and was ice cold by the time it finished.

Alabama missed 12 consecutive shots, scoring just 12 points on two made shots in the quarter.

In the second half, Alabama found the bottom of the basket and went on a dominant run, scoring 28 points in the third quarter.

The improved play continued in the fourth quarter as Alabama took the lead early and extended it to as large as eight.

“We don’t want to get away from what we do, which is attack the basket,” said Lewis. “I think we took advantage of that in the second half.”

Alabama puts five starters in double figures

Alabama got its most balanced scoring of the season from the starting lineup, putting all five players in double figures.

The combination of Lewis, Hannah Barber, Megan Abrams, Jasmine Walker and Ariyah Copeland flipped the game for Alabama, leading a comeback in the second half.

The Crimson Tide got 80 points from the starters, including all 53 second half points.

Megan Abrams finds her rhythm on offense

Megan Abrams started the season well on offense but had faded over the last few games while dealing with a foot injury.

She has played the role of a defensive stopper for most of the season but stepped up as an all-around star against Mississippi State.

On a night where no one else could make a shot in the first half, Abrams stepped up.

“Just toughness,” said Curry. “I got on her there in the third and I seriously kind of felt bad about it defensively, but boy did she respond.”

Up next

Alabama is scheduled to face Tennessee on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum for the We Back Pat Game.

The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.