FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Alabama women's basketball team earned its second consecutive Southeastern Conference road win after defeating Arkansas, 83-76, on Sunday afternoon in Bud Walton Arena.
"We had great toughness again tonight," said head coach Kristy Curry. "I thought our post players were just phenomenal. We got really good play out of (Quanetria) Bolton, (Ashley) Williams, (Jasmine) Walker and I thought that Ashley Knight was great as well. All four had great energy and effort, and helped us in every aspect. I thought our guards really fed off of their energy."
The Crimson Tide (12-4, 2-1 SEC) outscored the Razorbacks (10-6, 1-2 SEC) 29-16 in the final eight minutes of the game to come away with the victory.
Sophomore Jordan Lewis led the way for the Tide with a season-high 18 points to go along with five assists, while senior Ashley Williams chipped in 17 points, including going a near-perfect 11-of-13 from the free throw line, seven rebounds and three steals. Junior Shaquera Wade had her best performance of the year with a season-high 15 points, and season-best five steals.
Alabama took advantage of the Arkansas mistakes, scoring 31 points off of 17 turnovers. The Crimson Tide also dominated down low, outscoring the Razorbacks 38-26 in the paint.
The two sides went back-and-forth in the first half, with neither team being able to pull away early. The Tide garnered its biggest lead of the half when sophomore Ashley Knight knocked down a jumper in the paint to put Alabama up 30-23. Arkansas battled back to trim the deficit to 32-29 going into halftime.
In the second half, Alabama continued to hold the slight edge before Arkansas took the 43-42 lead at the 5:08 mark in the third quarter after an old-fashioned three-point play. The Razorbacks shot 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from the field in the quarter go up 55-50 heading to the final 10 minutes of play.
The Crimson Tide hit 9-of-10 free throws over the first 2:29 of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 60-59. Senior Quanetria Bolton gave Alabama the lead with a layup after a nice drive and dish from Williams to put the Tide on top 61-60 with 7:06 remaining.
After Alabama took the 68-62 lead, Arkansas responded with a 7-0 run over an 1:36 span to go up 69-68 with 2:58 left in the game. The Tide had an answer, going on a 7-0 run of its own to take the 76-69 advantage with 41 seconds remaining.
The Crimson Tide knocked down 20-of-25 (80 percent) free throws in the fourth quarter, including clutch free throws down the stretch to best the Razorbacks.
The Tide will return to back home on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. CT to take on LSU in Coleman Coliseum. The game will air live on SEC Network+.