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SEC WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT - 1ST ROUND - Simmons Bank Arena - North Little Rock, AR

Vandy edges Bama to advance to second round

3199 days ago
Associated Press

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Paris Kea and Rebekah Dahlman scored 16 apiece on Wednesday night to help the 11th-seeded Vanderbilt women snap a three-game losing streak by beating No. 14 seed Alabama 66-56 in the first round of the SEC tournament.

Marqu'es Webb added 14 points and seven rebounds for Vanderbilt (15-15), which will play No. 6 seed Kentucky in the second round on Thursday.

Kea scored six points during a 12-4 spurt that gave Vanderbilt a 66-54 lead with 60 seconds left and the Commodores held on from there.

Ashley Williams scored 21, on 10-of-15 shooting, to lead Alabama (14-18), which lost its sixth in a row.

Vanderbilt made 29 of 58 field goals, including 17 of 30 (56.7 percent) in the second half, and scored 19 points off of 12 Alabama turnovers.

The Commodores ended the regular season with a losing record for the first time since the 1982-83 season.

Coach Quotes

"This was a really good team effort. This was one of those games where we stuck with the game plan, and we wore them down. We did what we needed to do. We played two halves as a team. I'm really proud of how we handled the game. We just played really consistent. That was good to see because we have been inconsistent. We played well." - Melanie Balcomb, Vanderbilt head coach

"There are so many moments that we've had this year during the game that we just don't sense how difficult it is and how hard we have to play, and I think as we continue to teach and build, we've got to understand that. I thought tonight that really hurt us in critical moments when we were tied or needed an easy finish inside or couldn't come back down and get a stop, and just put back to back to back quality possessions together. We'll grow, we'll learn, we're building. The future is incredibly bright." - Kristy Curry, Alabama head coach