Alabama women end 42-game skid against Tennessee, 54-46
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Karyla Middlebrook scored 13 points and Alabama scored its last 14 points from the foul line to end a 42-game losing streak against Tennessee with a 54-46 victory on Thursday night, which also sent the Lady Volunteers to their school record 12th loss of the season.
Hannah Cook added 10 points for the Crimson Tide (15-13, 4-12), who hadn't beaten Tennessee (16-12, 7-8) since the 1984 Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Bashaara Graves had 15 points, Jaime Nared 13 and Mercedes Russell had 10 and 11 rebounds for the Lady Vols, who were playing their first game without a Top 25 ranking since 1985, a string of 565 weeks.
Quanetria Bolton opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer after a Tennessee turnover to put the Crimson tide up 40-29. The Lady Vols used an 8-0 run to pull within 45-42 on a basket by Te'a Cooper with 2:21 to play. Alabama made 9 of 10 free throws from there to finish 12 of 18 in the quarter.
Tennessee had its worst shooting game of the season, going 0 for 11 from 3-point range and finishing at 26 percent (18 of 69) overall. The Lady Vols also made their lowest scoring quarter of the season when they were outscored 13-3 in the second quarter to fall behind 28-17 at the half. They finished 10 of 17 from the line, 5 of 11 in the second half. Leading-scorer Diamond DeShields (13.6) missed all seven of her shots and failed to score.