Alabama women’s basketball fell 86-56 to Ole Miss in Oxford on Thursday.
Ole Miss ran out to an early lead it never relinquished. Alabama brought the game close a couple of times, but a 16-6 Rebel run to end the third quarter put it away.
The Rebels' 86 points was the most Alabama has allowed all season.
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The Crimson Tide (10-6, 1-4 SEC) was led by Brittany Davis with 20 points and seven rebounds. Khyla Wade-Warren added 11 points and Hannah Barber and JaMya Mingo-Young each had eight points.
The Rebels (14-2, 2-1 SEC) were led by Lashonda Monk with a season-high 19 points on an 8-for-13 shooting performance. Angel Baker had 18 points. Madison Scott had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Snudda Collins had 15 points.
Slow 3-point night
Alabama leads the SEC averaging eight made 3-pointers per game but struggled early to even attempt ing any 3-point shots as it started 0-for-3 on the way to going 2-for-8 for the first half.
The struggle came after a 14-for-25 3-point performance in a 72-68 loss to Georgia on Sunday. The 14 3-pointers was one shy of a program record.
Alabama finished the Ole Miss game 3-for-11 from 3-point range.
Ole Miss suffocating on defense
The Rebels forced Alabama into multiple long-but-empty possessions.
Alabama had 21 turnovers and multiple shot-clock violations against a Rebel defense that ranks ninth in the country in points allowed.
Alabama ended the first half by not making a field goal for the last 5:26 of the second period. The Crimson Tide only attempted three shots from the field in that time.
In the first half, only three Alabama players scored: Davis (11 points), Wade-Warren (9) and Barber (6).
Foul trouble for two starters
Both Mingo-Young and Jada Rice picked up four fouls before scoring their first points. Rice had two rebounds and an assist before fouling out. Alabama missed Rice’s presence in the paint, where it was outscored 26-14 by the Rebels.
Wade-Warren filled in for Rice for most of the second half.
Mingo-Young had three rebounds and two assists before her fourth foul, ending the game with eight points. Taylor Sutton and Myra Gordon both helped fill in for Mingo-Young, but neither scored.
Alabama will host Florida on Sunday (2 p.m. CT, SEC Network+). Ole Miss will host Mississippi State (2 p.m. CT, SEC Network).
This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Ole Miss defense smothers Alabama women's basketball