Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama Women's Basketball Wins Second Straight

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama Women's Basketball Wins Second Straight

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In a season filled with firsts, the University of Alabama women's basketball team had at least two more big ones Sunday afternoon.

Alabama took the lead and held off Georgia 69-66 in the final two minutes, lifting the Crimson Tide to its first win over the Bulldogs in 23 games and its first back-to-back wins in Southeastern Conference play since the end of the 2010-11 season when the team won three straight.

The announced crowd of 2,678 was the largest ever for a women's basketball game in Foster Auditorium history.

"The crowd was absolutely spectacular, just incredible support today. Such a big difference maker for us down the stretch," Alabama coach Kristy Curry said. "And just the character and perseverance of our kids down the stretch was really fueled by the environment."

The two new "firsts" come just three days after the Crimson Tide pulled off a stunning 57-55 upset victory at No. 9 Kentucky that saw the team earn its first win in Lexington, Ky., since 2002 and its first win on the road against a top-10 team since Dec. 5, 1998.

While Thursday's win provided for a tearful postgame locker room for the Crimson Tide, Sunday's brought pure joy more than anything, Curry said.

"More just a lot of grinning, lot of smiles, lot of excitement, lot of enthusiasm," Curry said. "I didn't see too many tears today."

After holding a 30-29 advantage at halftime, Alabama (10-10, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) fell behind just 34 seconds into the second half, trailing by as many as 12 points with 7:57 to play. …

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