Alabama Women advance to quarterfinals of SEC basketball tournament


GREENVILLE, S.C. – Alabama used a big second half, outscoring Tennessee by 15, to advance past the Lady Volunteers, 72-64, in the second round of play in the Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. With the win, the Crimson Tide moves to 19-12 overall, while the loss drops Tennessee to 19-11.

Alabama will now face No. 4 seed Kentucky in the quarterfinals, which will be the Tide’s first appearance in the SEC tournament quarterfinals since 2005.

Alabama had five finish in double-figure points, led by junior Meoshonti Knight with 16. She was joined by sophomore Shaquera Wade, who had 12, and junior Ashley Williams, while freshmen Ashley Knight and Jordan Lewis added 10 apiece. Ashley Knight had a team-high 11 rebounds for her second double-double, in addition to six blocks, while Lewis tied her career-best in assists with eight.

The Lady Vols were led by redshirt junior Mercedes Russell, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds.