February 20, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Tierney Jenkins registered a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds to help the Alabama Lady Crimson Tide win their first Southeastern Conference game of the season.
Jenkins'' effort helped Alabama (13-14, 1-11 SEC) beat the Ole Miss Lady Rebels 67-59 on Thursday.
Bianca Thomas finished with a game-high 23 points for Ole Miss to mark her seventh game this season with 20 or more points.
Ole Miss'' Shawn Goff recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She also added three blocked shots to increase her career total to 201 rejections to become only the 15th player in Southeastern Conference history to amass 200 or more career blocked shots.
Ole Miss (15-12, 4-8 SEC) used a 8-4 run to open the second half to climb within two points just five minutes into play. Alabama quickly answered with five straight points to increase its lead to 44-37 midway through the half.
The Lady Rebels used an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to take
their first and only lead of the second half on a layup by Thomas.
Ericka Russell made a 3-pointer for Alabama on the ensuing possession to give the Lady Tide the lead right back.
Ole Miss managed to tie the score on one occasion and get to within one point two other times, but the Alabama failed to surrender the lead over the last nine minutes.
Thomas got Ole Miss within a point with 3:46 left to play on a layup, but Russell made another 3-pointer to stretch Alabama''s lead back to four points.
Goff and Thomas combined to score 12 of the first 17 points for Ole Miss to help the Lady Rebels jump out to a 17-6 lead six minutes into the game. Alabama answered with an 11-4 run over the next three minutes to trim its deficit to 21-17 midway through the first half.
Ole Miss managed to build its lead back up to eight points with 5:35 left to play in the first half following a basket by Kayla Melson.
From that point on, however, the Lady Rebels went cold and failed to score a point for the remainder of the half.
Alabama used a 14-0 run during that span to take a 35-29 lead into halftime.
Alabama forced the Lady Rebels into 12 first half turnovers and capitalized with 12 points off those miscues. The Lady Tide also scored 20 points in the paint and received 16 points from the bench in the opening half.