They may not be ready to take over the SEC, but just in case you haven't noticed (and I know a lot of you haven't), the Alabama women's basketball team has recently accomplished a couple of notable feats. And they've done it in the span of four days.
Last Thursday, the Tide (then merely 8-10, 1-4 in the SEC) traveled to Lexington to take on the Lady Wildcats. If you're wondering how Kentucky's women's team compares to the men, you should know that, while there is some separation between the two programs historically, Alabama walked into an arena facing a Wildcat team ranked ninth in one poll and eighth in another.
And they won. To add perspective for you football-only fans, it was the first top-ten road win for our women's basketball program since Andrew Zow was hoping to play in his first football game for Alabama, and it's first win in Lexington since Dennis Franchione was preparing to let go of the rope.
Junior Daisha Simmons led the Tide with 21 points, and, fittingly, she hit the game-winning layup with three seconds left on the clock to give Bama the win. You can read more about right here.
But wait! That's not all...
Sunday afternoon, a mere three days after their emotional win at Kentucky (and there were lots of tears shed after their dramatic victory), Alabama returned home to face a tough UGA team (then 14-5). Many people questioned whether or not our beloved Lady Tide could make that kind of turnaround against a quality opponent, but those people would have had to squeeze into a record crowd at Foster Auditorium that helped inspire a dramatic come-from-behind victory for Alabama.
The Tide trailed by 12 points with less than eight minutes to play and by 11 with less than six minutes in the game. From there, it was all Alabama, paced by some clutch threes and free throws and a suffocating zone defense. It was the first win over UGA for the Tide since Mike Dubose was wondering if he would have even one winning season at the Capstone. Find the details here.
For her efforts, freshman Ashley Williams was named SEC Freshman of the Week. Williams leads Alabama in shooting percentage and rebounding, and she is currently third in scoring.