BROOKINGS, S.D. - The University of Alabama women's basketball team lost to the third-ranked shooting team in the nation South Dakota State, 78-73, in the Women's National Invitation Tournament Quarterfinals Sunday in Frost Arena. The Crimson Tide concluded its season 20-14 (6-10), as the Jackrabbits, who have hosted all four rounds of the postseason tournament, improved to 27-9 (17-1 Summit) and the WNIT Semifinals.
Alabama trailed South Dakota State, 26-11, at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the nonconference foe over the next two periods. That stretch included a 34-12 run in the third quarter thanks to 76.5 percent shooting, which was paced by Brittany Davis' 16 points. Despite the Crimson Tide's eight-point lead ahead of the final 10 minutes, the Rabbits outscored the Tide, 22-9, in the fourth quarter on its best shooting period of the game.
Brittany Davis led the team in scoring with 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting, including 5-of-10 from long range. She added four rebounds and four steals in 35 minutes of action. In fact, four starters scored in double digits, including Megan Abrams (14), Jada Rice (12) and JaMya Mingo-Young (10).
News and Notes
- Alabama concluded its 48th season with an 811-628 (.563) all-time record. The Crimson Tide concluded the season 20-14 (6-10 SEC).
- Kristy Curry concluded her ninth season as the head coach of the Crimson Tide, holding a 153-132 record in her time at The Capstone. Curry concluded her 23rd season as a head coach in her career, holding a 462-281 mark all-time.
- Alabama's starting combination included guards Megan Abrams, Hannah Barber, JaMya Mingo-Young and Brittany Davis and center Jada Rice, marking the fourth straight game the Crimson Tide has used this starting combination. Jada Rice scored first for Alabama in the game. Allie Craig Cruce was the first sub for the Crimson Tide. South Dakota State won the opening tip.
- Alabama concluded the season winning eight of its last 11 games, including six of its last eight games.
- The Crimson Tide boats a 14-8 all-time record in the WNIT. The Tide has reached the quarterfinals four times in program history.
- Alabama shot 43.5 percent from long range, thanks to 10 makes on 23 attempts. It marked the 11th time this season Alabama has made at least 10 three-point field goals.
- Brittany Davis reset the single-season school record for three-point field goal makes at 93 after knocking down five shots from long range at South Dakota State. The previous school record was 91.
- Four starters scored in double figures in the loss. In fact, Megan Abrams has scored 14 or more points in every postseason game this season. JaMya Mingo-Young and Brittany Davis have scored in double figures in every WNIT game this season.
- The Crimson Tide shot over 45.0 percent from the field for the entire WNIT, shooting 48.4 percent from the field against the Jackrabbits.
How It Happened
- The Jackrabbits stuck to their bread and butter, making a trio of three-point field goals on its first three possessions in the game, jumping out to a 9-4 lead in the first minute and 23 seconds.
- Alabama trailed South Dakota State, 26-11, at the end of the first quarter. The Jackrabbits shot 60.0 percent in that period, compared to the Crimson Tide's 27.8 percent, while the Rabbits made five three-point field goals.
- Alabama did a better job against South Dakota State in the second quarter, outscoring the nonconference foe, 19-18. Alabama went on a 7-0 run around the three-minute mark to get within two points of South Dakota State (32-30, SDSU).
- South Dakota State led Alabama, 44-30, at halftime, thanks to a 12-0 run by the Jackrabbits before the break in action.
- Alabama began the third quarter on a 12-2 run in the first two minutes and 14 seconds, which included a couple of three-point field goals by Hannah Barber and Brittany Davis.
- Alabama scored 34 points in the third quarter on 76.5 percent shooting (13-of-17) to lead South Dakota State, 64-56, at the end of the period. Brittany Davis had 16 points in that period alone, thanks to 6-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from long range.
- Jada Rice carried the Crimson Tide's momentum into the fourth quarter with a quick layup, as Alabama led South Dakota State, 66-55. However, the Jackrabbits responded with a 9-0 run and took control for most of the fourth quarter.