Alabama Women's Basketball Falls in Overtime to Georgia, 76-75
After trailing by as much as 22 points, Alabama women's basketball made a strong comeback attempt but was ultimately thwarted in the final seconds of overtime, falling on the road to Georgia 76-75 on Sunday afternoon.
“I didn’t think we defended very well in transition to start,” Crimson Tide coach Kristy Curry said in a statement. “I thought our kids adjusted in the second half and stayed positive. Georgia shot the ball well to start the game and I give them credit, but man our kids really fought and gave it their all. That was tough at the end there.”
The game started out going back and forth, but in the second quarter the Lady Bulldogs were able to put up points and pulled away, entering the locker room up 41-25 at the half.
After allowing Georgia to build up a 22-point lead, the Crimson Tide began to slowly but surely fight its way back into the game, cutting the lead to just three at the start of the third quarter. By the time the final regulation buzzer rang, Alabama had fought all the way back to send the game into overtime with a 67-67 tie.
The Crimson Tide took the 75-74 lead with just 1:13 remaining in overtime. However, two crucial free throws by the Lady Bulldogs with 51 seconds left sealed the deal, and Alabama was unable to overcome the one-point deficit.
The Crimson Tide fell 76-75 in overtime to the Lady Bulldogs.
For Alabama, junior guard Jordan Lewis led the team in points with 25 and also registered three rebounds. Four other players for the Crimson Tide also had double-digit points, including sophomore forward De'Sha Benjamin with 15. Seniors guard Cierra Johnson and forward Ashley Knight along with junior forward Jasmine Walker all recorded 10 points in the game.
Walker also led the team in rebounds with nine.
For Georgia, juniors center Jenna Staiti and guard Que Morrison each earned 18 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Junior guard Maya Caldwell led the team with nine rebounds.
With the loss, Alabama moves to 14-11 and is 4-8 in the SEC. Georgia moves to 14-11 and is 5-7 in the conference.
Up next, the Crimson Tide returns to Tuscaloosa to take on the Florida Gators on Thursday (7 p.m. CT, SEC Network+).