Jasmine Walker scores career-high 41 points for Alabama women's basketball

James Fletcher
The Tuscaloosa News
Feb 14, 2021; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Kristy Curry reacts during the game between Auburn and Alabama at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood/AU Athletics

Alabama picked up a 92-78 win over Auburn on Sunday in Auburn Arena, breaking a four-game losing streak.

The Crimson Tide (13-6, 6-6 SEC)  was led by senior forward Jasmine Walker who scored a program record 41 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.

Here are three things we learned:

Jasmine Walker sets new program record

Feb 14, 2021; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward Jasmine Walker (40) grabs a rebound during the game between Auburn and Alabama at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood/AU Athletics

Walker has been Alabama’s top scoring option all season, but she took it to a new level on Sunday.

“It’s unbelievable,” said coach Kristy Curry. “She has one of the prettiest shots I’ve ever seen.”

Walker became the first Alabama player to score 30-plus points in a game since 2013.

“This was the shake back,” said Walker. “I felt the vibe.”

Walker shot 14-of-23 from the field and was 7-of-13 from beyond the arc.

Her previous career high in points was 28 against Memphis on Dec. 29.

Alabama comes out firing from deep

The Crimson Tide came into their second matchup against Auburn (5-15, 0-12) with one thing in mind, shooting.

Hannah Barber missed a 3-pointer on Alabama’s first possession, but the Crimson Tide responded by knocking down five of their next six.

Alabama shot 8-of-14 from 3-point range  in the first half and finished 15-of-28.

Allie Craig Cruce leads energized bench unit

Curry has emphasized to need for a more productive bench unit all season. Against Auburn, she got great production from the whole unit.

“I feel like I’ve needed to go more to our bench, and I did that early here,” said Curry.

Allie Craig Cruce had eight points, including two 3-pointers.

Taylor Sutton’s return to the rotation added an extra ballhandler and gave Alabama the option to pressure the ball more aggressively on defense.

Up next

Alabama is scheduled to face Florida (10-8, 3-7) on Thursday (5 p.m.) at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.