Wade scores 26, Alabama women beat Vandy in SEC tourney

              Alabama's Jasmine Walker, top, battles for a loose ball with Vanderbilt's LeaLea Carter, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference women's tournament, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Shaquera Wade scored a career-high 26 points and Jasmine Walker added 22 to help No. 11 seed Alabama beat Vanderbilt 74-57 on Wednesday in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Walker was 8-of-10 shooting, including 3 of 3 from behind the arc, and Cierra Johnson finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Alabama. The Crimson Tide (14-16) will play sixth-seeded Auburn in Thursday’s second round.

Walker and Johnson scored four points apiece in a 10-0 run that gave Alabama a 22-11 lead with about 6 ½ minutes left in the second quarter and Wade scored eight points in the last five minutes of the half, including two 3-pointers, to make it 32-20 at halftime. The Crimson Tide led by double figures the rest of the way.

Alabama, which came in shooting 39.1 percent from the field this season, shot a season-high 53.8 percent (28 of 52).

LeaLea Carter led Vanderbilt (7-23) with 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting. The rest of the Commodores made just 17 of 53 (32 percent) from the field.