Alabama women’s basketball falls 94-76 to No. 16 Arkansas, land No. 7 seed in SEC Tournament

James Fletcher
The Tuscaloosa News
Alabama women's basketball coach Kristy Curry on the sideline against Arkansas on the road

Alabama (15-8, 8-8 SEC) lost 94-76 against No. 16 Arkansas (19-7, 9-6) on Sunday at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Crimson Tide was led by Ariyah Copeland with 18 points.

Here are three things we learned:

Arkansas’s 3-point barrage too much for Crimson Tide

Arkansas proved Sunday that three points are better than two, knocking down 19 3-pointers against Alabama.

The Razorbacks did not attempt a two-point field goal in the first four minutes of the game.

By the end of the first quarter, Arkansas had 26 points on eight 3-point makes.

“We tried to make a couple of adjustments, but it seemed like – whatever we did or didn’t do – they shot the ball well today,” said Alabama coach Kristy Curry.

Amber Ramirez finished with 35 points and shot 8-of-14 from deep.

Alabama dominates the boards in loss

Despite the loss, Alabama rebounded well and created second-chance points.

The Crimson Tide finished with a plus-10 rebounding margin and grabbed 12 offensive rebounds.

Alabama had 12 second-chance points.

“Our goal coming in was to have 18-plus points on the offensive glass,” said Curry.

Copeland led the team with 13 rebounds, including four offensive rebounds.

Alabama finalizes standings ahead of SEC Tournament

After securing No. 7 seed, Alabama will now prepare for the SEC Tournament, which begins Wednesday.

The Crimson Tide will play its first game on Thursday (7:30 p.m. CT) against Missouri (8-10, 4-9) at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.

Alabama is the highest-seeded team in the field that is ranked outside the top 25.