TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After trailing by as many as 21 points in the second half, a Jordan Lewis three-pointer brought Alabama to within two possessions of No. 3 Texas A&M with 1:25 to go on Thursday night.
However, the Crimson Tide couldn't complete the fourth-quarter comeback, as the women's basketball team lost 73-67 to the Aggies at Coleman Coliseum.
"We had a lot, a lot of yuckiness tonight, but our kids continued to respond with great energy," Alabama coach Kristy Curry said. "And that was a heck of a comeback, we just fell short."
The loss ended Alabama's three-game winning streak, putting the Crimson Tide at 15-7, 8-7 Southeastern Conference.
The Crimson Tide could have easily folded in the second half when facing the large deficit, but Curry said she knew the leadership on her team wouldn't allow that to happen.
"I didn't expect anything less, I knew we would make a run," Curry said.
Did it ever. Alabama opened the fourth quarter on a 16-4 stretch to draw close.
Lewis, who led the team in scoring with 21 points, had some key three-pointers in the fourth-quarter comeback attempt.
"You shouldn't stop shooting because they're not falling," Lewis said. "You just can't give up or lose your confidence because you didn't make a couple of shots but you have to step up."
Alabama came into the game as one of the best three-point shooting teams in the SEC, but struggled during the first half by going 4-for-15 from behind the arc.
Ariyah Copeland fouled out with 13 points and six rebounds. Jasmine Walker added her 13th double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds, but was held in check by the Aggies defense for most of the night.
Jordan Nixon and Kayla Wells each scored 16 points for Texas A&M (21-1, 12-1), which won its ninth straight game.
"Alabama's a good NCAA playoff team, and they'll be in there," Aggies coach Gary Blair said. "They've already got their eight [conference] wins, and they've got another tough game with Arkansas."
Alabama will close the regular season on the road this Sunday at 5 p.m. against No. 16 Arkansas.