SAN ANTONIO - Alabama women's basketball's season came to an end Wednesday in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, falling 100-64 to No. 7/8 Maryland at Bill Greehey Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide finishes the season with a 17-10 overall record.
Jasmine Walker led all scorers in the game with 23 points, while she and Ariyah Copeland both recorded a game-best seven rebounds. Taylor Sutton provided Alabama with 12 tough minutes off the bench, scoring eight points and adding a team-high three steals.
The Tide shot 42.6 percent from the floor, however Maryland was able to knock down 61.8 percent of its attempts. The Terrapins won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Alabama 37-24, and had 13 steals.
Head Coach Kristy Curry Comments
"Congrats to a great Maryland team. They're just really hard to guard. They're so good offensively, and we just didn't have an answer.
"I do want to say how proud I am of our team. What this group has done is unbelievable. I don't want this one day to take away from the entire journey that they've been on all season yo get our program back to where it deserves to be, and that's consistently in the NCAA Tournament. I told them I loved them, and that I'm really proud of them. We will continue to just roll up our sleeves and go back to work."
How It Happened
Maryland got off to a hot start shooting and led 30-9 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second, the two teams traded baskets for the majority of the 10:00. However, the Terrapins would outscore Alabama 10-2 over the final 3:08 to lead 54-25 at the break.
The Tide came out strong in the third with an 11-4 run over the first 2:30, which was capped off by back-to-back threes from Hannah Barber and Walker. Maryland responded by scoring 15 of the next 18 over a four-minute span to lead 73-39 and 79-46 by quarter's end.
Alabama and Maryland exchanged baskets for much of the fourth with the Terrapins holding a slight 21-18 edge in the scoring column for the final quarter.