The Alabama Crismon Tide women’s basketball team earned a huge upset win, defeating the No. 12 Tennessee Lady Vols 74-64 in Coleman Coliseum on Thursday night.

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“What a tremendous effort by our kids,” said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. “On tonight we found a way to finish, I thought we put four quarters together and we were the aggressor.”

After severe weather possibly threatened tipoff, both teams started the game off steady with Alabama taking a 16-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Tide started to get hot offensively, hitting four three-pointers in the second quarter and stretching the lead out to 38-29 at the break.

Alabama came out of the locker room firing, quickly putting up an 8-1 run to start the half, forcing an early Tennessee timeout. The Tide put up 25 points total in the third quarter, taking a 63-45 lead into the final frame.

The Tide built a 20-point lead 67-47 with 7:57 left in the game, but the Lady Vols fought back. Tennessee responded with a 6-0 run, cutting the lead to 67-53 with 6:08 left, forcing an Alabama timeout.

The Lady Vols cut the lead down to ten, but Alabama hit seven free throws in the final minute securing the 74-64 win over the Lady Vols.

Megan Abrams and Brittany Davis led the way for the Tide with 27 and 23 points, respectively.

“We were fortunate enough that our shots were falling,” said Abrams. “Offensively we’ve had our ups and downs the past few games, but we’ve been working on it in practice and I think that’s where our confidence comes from.”

Tennessee was led in scoring by Tamari Key with 20 points.

After a 42-game losing streak to Tennessee, the Tide have now won the last six of nine against the Lady Vols.

Up next, Alabama (13-11, 4-9 SEC) travels to College Station, Texas to face the Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday, February 20 at 5:00 p.m. CT.

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