TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Coco Knight had 18 points and eight rebounds Thursday as Alabama won 65-57 over Tennessee, which lost its leading scorer when Diamond DeShields was carted off the court in the first quarter.
DeShields left the court on a stretcher about four minutes into the game after a collision in which her head hit the body of an Alabama player. She was taken to a hospital and didn’t return to the game. Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said in her postgame radio interview that it was a precautionary measure and added that “I think Diamond’s going to be OK.”
This marks the second straight time Alabama (16-10, 4-9 SEC) has beaten Tennessee (16-10, 7-6). Tennessee had beaten Alabama 42 consecutive times before these last two losses.
Mercedes Russell scored 17 for Tennessee, while Schaquilla Nunn added 15 points and 15 rebounds. Hannah Cook had 16 points and nine rebounds for Alabama.