Alabama women's basketball's 'Big 3' come up big as Crimson Tide completes sweep of Mississippi State

James Fletcher
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama women's basketball (15-6, 8-6 SEC) swept the season series with Mississippi State (8-7, 3-6) with a 71-63 win Sunday at Coleman Coliseum.

The Crimson Tide was led by its "Big Three." Jasmine Walker scored 20 points, Ariyah Copeland added 19 and Jordan Lewis finished with 15.

Here are three things we learned:

Alabama shares the love with high assist total

Alabama brought crisp ball movement and sharp shooting together in a statement win.

Players not only looked for their own shots but found better looks for teammates on each possession.

“This wasn’t coaching today, your best teams are player-led,” said Alabama coach Kristy Curry.

The Crimson Tide finished with 20 assists on 30 made shots.

Megan Abrams led the team with a career-high seven assists.

Alabama guard Megan Abrams (1) dribbles against Mississippi State on Feb. 21, 2021.

Alabama dominates turnover battle

Alabama had one of the cleanest games of the season, committing just nine turnovers.

“When you take care of the basketball that’s just a trait of toughness,” Curry said.

On the other end of the floor, Alabama forced 16 turnovers from Mississippi State.

The Crimson Tide finished with 22 points off turnovers.

Alabama honors ‘Big 3’ on Senior Day

Curry has spoken all season about how proud she is of this senior class. She credits the upperclassmen with not only becoming leaders but helping change the culture.

On Sunday, Copeland, Lewis and Walker were honored during a pregame ceremony at midcourt.

“We’re going to celebrate it,” said Curry. “We’re not going to tiptoe around it.”

According to ESPN’s Charlie Crème, Alabama is set to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999.

Up next

Alabama is scheduled to play its final home game against No. 5 Texas A&M (19-1, 10-1) on Thursday (6 p.m. CT) at Coleman Coliseum.

The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.