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FIRST ROUND
Wed, March 3

4:00 PM ET - SECN

13 Auburn
(5-18, 0-15 SEC)

12 Florida
(10-12, 3-11 SEC)
SECOND ROUND
Thur, March 4

11:00 AM ET - SECN

9 Mississippi St
(10-8, 5-7 SEC)

8 LSU
(8-12, 6-8 SEC)
1:30 PM ET - SECN
12 Florida
(10-12, 3-11 SEC)

5 Kentucky
(16-7, 9-6 SEC)
6:00 PM ET - SECN

10 Missouri
(9-10, 5-9 SEC)

7 Alabama
(15-8, 8-8 SEC)
8:00 PM ET - SECN

11 Ole Miss
(10-10, 4-10 SEC)

6 Arkansas
(19-7, 9-6 SEC)
QUARTERFINALS
Fri, March 5

11:00 AM ET - SECN
8 LSU
(8-12, 6-8 SEC)

1 Texas A&M
(22-1, 13-1 SEC)
1:30 PM ET - SECN
5 Kentucky
(16-7, 9-6 SEC)

4 Georgia
(18-5, 10-5 SEC)
6:00 PM ET - SECN
7 Alabama
(15-8, 8-8 SEC)

2 South Carolina
(19-4, 14-2 SEC)
8:30 PM ET - SECN
11 Ole Miss
(10-10, 4-10 SEC)

3 Tennessee
(15-6, 9-4 SEC)
SEMIFINALS
Sat, March 6

4:00 PM ET - ESPNU
1 Texas A&M
(22-1, 13-1 SEC)
4 Georgia
(18-5, 10-5 SEC)
6:30 PM ET - ESPNU
2 South Carolina
(19-4, 14-2 SEC)
3 Tennessee
(15-6, 9-4 SEC)
CHAMPIONSHIP
Sun, March 7

2:00 PM ET - ESPN2
4 Georgia
(18-5, 10-5 SEC)
2 South Carolina
(19-4, 14-2 SEC)
 
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Crimson Tide and Tigers to tip at 5 p.m. CT on SEC Network
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Postseason play begins Thursday in Greenville, S.C. for the Crimson Tide as it is slated to take on the Missouri Tigers in the second round of the 2021 Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. The game will tip at 5 p.m. CT in Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
FOLLOW ALONG
Thursday's game will air live on the SEC Network with Courtney Lyle, Carolyn Peck and Steffi Sorensen on the call and can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network (WTBC-AM 1230 in Tuscaloosa) with Roger Hoover providing the play-by-play.
OPENING TIP
  • Alabama heads into postseason play at 15-8 overall and finished the Southeastern Conference portion of its schedule at 8-8.
  • The Tide recorded back-to-back eight win seasons in conference play for the first time since 1996-97 – 1997-98.
  • Alabama is the No. 7 seed in the SEC Tournament, its highest standing since 2014.
  • Alabama ranks 36th in the NET with seven of its eight losses coming to teams ranked 20 or better in the NET in No. 4 South Carolina (twice), No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 15 Georgia, No. 19 Arkansas and No. 20 Kentucky.
  • Alabama's 75.0 point-per-game average is the highest average it has had in nearly two decades.
  • The Tide is No. 1 in the SEC in free throw percentage (74.8) and top two in the league in nearly every three-point shooting category.
  • Alabama is led by its big three of Ariyah Copeland, Jordan Lewis and Jasmine Walker. Walker leads the way, averaging just shy of a double-double with 20.0 points and 9.9 rebounds, while Lewis adds 16.4 points, 4.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game and Copeland 14.6 points and 8.5 boards per outing.
  • Walker and Lewis both earned All-SEC honors with Walker on the first team and Lewis on the second team. This marks the first time since 1998 that the Tide has placed two on the All-SEC First and/or Second Teams in the same season.
  • Alabama has one of the top three-point shooters in the SEC and in the nation in Walker, who leads the league, and ranks top 12 nationally, in three-pointers per game (3.04), made (70) and attempted (172) and is No. 4 in the SEC in percentage (40.7).
  • Walker is also the only player in the SEC to rank in the top five in the conference in both scoring and rebounding.
  • Walker was named SEC Player of the Week last week following her record-setting performance at Auburn where she scored 41 to become Alabama's single-game scoring leader.
  • Walker was also recently named a finalist for the 2021 Katrina McClain Award and to the Naismith Trophy Women's Midseason Team.
  • The Tide has one of the most experienced point guards in the SEC in Lewis, who has started every game she's played in since she arrived on campus in 2016. Her 126 games started is the most in program history.
  • Lewis is also the SEC's active leader in assists (493) and is No. 4 in career steals (156), No. 5 in career points (1,500) and No. 14 in career rebounds (513).
SERIES NOTES
  • Thursday's meeting between the Crimson Tide and Tigers will mark the 14th in the series that began in 1981.
  • Following that initial meeting, the two teams did not face each other again until 2002.
  • Alabama won two of the first three matchups as SEC competitors, however Missouri would go on to win four of the next five to take a lead in the series.
  • The Tide has closed the gap to one game with back-to-back wins against the Tigers, including a 74-59 victory in the SEC opener this season.
  • This will be the first time the two teams meet in the conference tournament.
Last Five Meetings
Dec. 31, 2020W74-59Columbia, Mo.
March 1, 2020W73-61Tuscaloosa, Ala.
March, 3, 2019L47-82Columbia, Mo.
Dec. 31, 2017L56-62Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Feb. 26, 2017L56-65Tuscaloosa, Ala.
ABOUT MISSOURI
  • Missouri heads into the SEC Tournament as the No. 10 seed.
  • The Tigers are 9-10 overall and finished the conference season with a 5-9 record.
  • Missouri has won two of its last three with victories over Florida and at Mississippi State.
  • In their last three games, the Tigers averaged 82.0 points per game with a season-high 96 in the win over the Gators.
  • Missouri is led in scoring and rebounding by All-SEC Second Teamer Aijha Blackwell, who averages 14.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.
  • The Tigers are coached by Robin Pingeton, who is in her 11th season in Columbia and 26th overall as a head coach. She has guided the Tigers to four NCAA Tournament berths and seven overall postseason appearances. She is one of 37 active NCAA Division I head coaches with 500+ career wins, and just 1 of 16 at the helm of Power Five program to reach the milestone.
LAST TIME OUT
  • Alabama dropped its regular-season finale, 94-76, at No. 16 Arkansas on Sunday in Bud Walton Arena.
  • Ariyah Copeland led the Tide in scoring and rebounding with 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Jordan Lewis chipped in 15 points and Jasmine Walker finished with 12 points and nine boards.
  • Destiny Rice rounded out the UA players in double figures with 11 off the bench.
  • As a team, the Tide outrebounded the Razorbacks by 10, 41-31, and had 42 points in the paint compared to 16 for Arkansas, however the Razorbacks were on fire from three-point range, hitting 19 in the game.
  • Alabama led early in the first, however the hot three-point shooting by Arkansas gave the Razorbacks the edge with 6:07 to go in the quarter.
  • Arkansas would take a nine-point lead, 26-17, heading into the next frame with another three just before the buzzer.
  • The Razorbacks extended their advantage out to 20 at the 3:46 mark.
  • The Tide responded with 11 unanswered over the next 90 seconds, however Arkansas would hit one more three before the half to lead 51-39 at the break.
  • Alabama opened the third with an 8-0 run and eventually cut its deficit down to three, but the Razorbacks would push it back out to nine by quarter's end.
  • Again, the Tide would be the first to strike with a run, pulling within four.
  • The Razorbacks responded with nine of the next 12 to lead by double digits with 6:06 to go.
  • An 11-2 run over the next four minutes for Arkansas would seal the win for the Razorbacks.
  • Copeland recorded her ninth double-double of the season and 17th of her career.
  • After having only scored double-figure points once in her career heading into the conference season this year, Rice now has four games of over 10 with her 11-point performance against the Razorbacks.
 

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Alabama's starting five combined for 79 points to help the Crimson Tide roll on to the quarterfinals of the 2021 Southeastern Conference Tournament with an 82-74 victory over Missouri. Alabama scored 25 in the fourth quarter to fend off the Tigers and pick up its 16th win of the season.

Ariyah Copeland led the Tide's quintet in double figures with 22 points as well as a team-best 10 rebounds. Megan Abrams chipped in a season-high 19 points, nine of which were scored in the final quarter, to go along with five assists. Jordan Lewis had 16 points and four assists, while Hannah Barber and Jasmine Walker added 11 apiece. Barber also finished with a team-high seven assists.

For the game, Alabama shot 51.0 percent from the floor and was 40.0 percent from three-point range. The Tide also got to the line over four times more than Missouri, knocking down 24 of its 30 attempts.

How It Happened

  • Alabama made its first eight shots from the field to take an early lead.
  • The Tide led by as many as 13 in the first and ended the frame up 10, 28-18.
  • Alabama pushed its buffer back out to 13, but seven unanswered by Missouri cut the Tide lead to six midway through the second, 36-30.
  • The two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter with Alabama leading Missouri, 40-34, at the half.
  • A six-minute scoring drought from the floor for the Tide allowed for the Tigers to take their first lead of the game at the 2:52 mark in the third.
  • Alabama and Missouri were locked at 57 heading into the final 10:00 of play.
  • The game would see three more ties, the final time coming with 5:14 remaining.
  • From there, the Tide ended the game on an 11-3 run.
News and Notes

  • Alabama had five players score in double figures for the first time this season.
  • The Tide got to the line 30 times, marking the third time this season Alabama has had 30 or more free throws in a game. It was the first versus an SEC opponent with the other two coming against Houston (38) and at Mercer (32).
  • Copeland's double-double was her 10th of the season and 18th of her career.
  • She also had 20-plus points for the sixth time in 2020-21.
  • Abrams had the best outing of her career from the free throw line, hitting eight of her nine attempts.
  • Barber has now had sever or more assists in four games this season.
Next Up

  • Alabama faces the No. 2 seed South Carolina in Friday's quarterfinals of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament.
  • Tip is set for 5 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.
 

mando

Sideline Club
Watched some of this. It got tight down the stretch and Mizzou had some momentum going into OT. Bama ladies did not fold and pushed through to get the win.
 

bamanc50

Sideline Club
S. Carolina will be a tough one for the lady Tiders. Probably won’t really matter. From watching, the SEC Network has already penciled in S. Carolina & A&M for the championship game.
 

OldPlayer

Bama Club
USCe is a top team, no doubt. Do you think Kristy Curry has a future at Alabama? Has she improved the team enough to keep her job? She came in highly touted, but has she lived up to expectations?
 

TerryP

Ivory Club

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Alabama outscored No. 7 South Carolina in three of the four quarters but couldn't overcome the early deficit, falling 75-63 in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Southeastern Conference Tournament Friday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Jordan Lewis led all scorers with 25 points, including a 9-for-10 effort from the free throw line, and added six rebounds and four assists. She was joined in double figures by Ariyah Copeland, who had 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and two blocks.

For the game, the Crimson Tide shot 41.5 percent from the floor and 86.7 percent from the free throw line. Alabama was outrebounded by the Gamecocks, 36-29.

How It Happened

  • Early turnovers set Alabama back early and allowed South Carolina to score 12 unanswered before the Tide got its first basket of the game at the 5:09 mark.
  • The Gamecocks would extend their lead out to 20 by quarter's end, 26-6.
  • South Carolina took a 27-point advantage midway through the second, however the Tide would close out the frame on a 14-3 run to set the halftime score at 42-26.
  • The two teams traded baskets for much of the third with Alabama outscoring the Gamecocks 21-19 in the quarter.
  • The Tide used a 12-5 run over a near five-minute span to cut the South Carolina lead to seven but was unable to get any closer down the stretch.
News and Notes

  • Lewis recorded her 20th double-digit scoring performance of the season and 83rd of her career. She was also above the 20-point mark for the eighth time in 2020-21.
  • Copeland hit seven of her eight attempts from the floor, tallying her only miss late in the fourth. She was also a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
Next Up

  • Alabama now awaits the NCAA Selection Show, which will air live on Monday, March 15 at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.
 

bamanc50

Sideline Club
USCe is a top team, no doubt. Do you think Kristy Curry has a future at Alabama? Has she improved the team enough to keep her job? She came in highly touted, but has she lived up to expectations?

Coach Curry and her family have been an asset to the Tuscaloosa community as well as the state. However, the won - loss record and improvement has not been a success. 2 - 4 year coaches like at Ole Miss. and Tennessee are good indications of not very much improvement. Now would be a good time to go after Alabama alumni and head coach at Georgia Joni Taylor. Not saying she would even be interested but at least give it a shot.
 

OldPlayer

Bama Club
Coach Curry and her family have been an asset to the Tuscaloosa community as well as the state. However, the won - loss record and improvement has not been a success. 2 - 4 year coaches like at Ole Miss. and Tennessee are good indications of not very much improvement. Now would be a good time to go after Alabama alumni and head coach at Georgia Joni Taylor. Not saying she would even be interested but at least give it a shot.

I have no issues with the personality, likeability, or value to the community of Coach Curry. I just haven’t seen the improvement, I think, most have been looking for. As @Brandon Van de Graaff said, her coaching seems to be solid but her recruiting isn’t (isn’t recruiting part of coaching?). I don’t know if we’ll ever compete with UConns or USCe, but I would hope there would be a risk if they played Alabama.
 
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