FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Alabama (15-8, 8-8 SEC) lost 94-76 against No. 16 Arkansas (19-7, 9-6) on Sunday at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Crimson Tide was led by Ariyah Copeland with 18 points.
Here are three things we learned:
Arkansas’s 3-point barrage too much for Crimson Tide
Arkansas proved Sunday that three points are better than two, knocking down 19 3-pointers against Alabama.
The Razorbacks did not attempt a two-point field goal in the first four minutes of the game.
By the end of the first quarter, Arkansas had 26 points on eight 3-point makes.
“We tried to make a couple of adjustments, but it seemed like – whatever we did or didn’t do – they shot the ball well today,” said Alabama coach Kristy Curry.
Amber Ramirez finished with 35 points and shot 8-of-14 from deep.
Alabama dominates the boards in loss
Despite the loss, Alabama rebounded well and created second-chance points.
The Crimson Tide finished with a plus-10 rebounding margin and grabbed 12 offensive rebounds.
Alabama had 12 second-chance points.
“Our goal coming in was to have 18-plus points on the offensive glass,” said Curry.
Copeland led the team with 13 rebounds, including four offensive rebounds.
Alabama finalizes standings ahead of SEC Tournament
After securing No. 7 seed, Alabama will now prepare for the SEC Tournament, which begins Wednesday.
The Crimson Tide will play its first game on Thursday (7:30 p.m. CT) against Missouri (8-10, 4-9) at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.
Alabama is the highest-seeded team in the field that is ranked outside the top 25.