Williams finished the game with six points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks.
Wearing a white "Sexton" hoodie, she watched her son on the screen lay in a sweet, underhanded floater at the buzzer for the win Thursday at the SEC basketball tournament. Alabama ranks 210th in rebounds allowed per game (36.2). After a layup to push Alabama up two, and then another jumper to retake that lead, Sexton and Alabama were down one with 4.4 seconds left following a three from Texas A&M's T.J. Starks. That's when the freshman sensation took the inbound pass and took the ball coast-to-coast to beat the buzzer, giving Alabama a 71-70 victory. A few more wins could ensure their trip to the NCAA Tournament this spring.
However, Starks would answer Sexton yet again. SC emerged victorious in a one-point game vs. For the season, Alabama has defeated opponents by an average of 2.7 points. Alabama went on an 8-0 run and made Tyler Davis pick up his fourth foul with 12:31 remaining.
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Sexton proved to be too potent for the Aggies, who struggled to stop him in the second half. The maroon and white battled back after trailing by 12 points with under 13 minutes remaining in the game, but their late effort wasn't enough. Despite the Aggies outrebounding the Tide, 44-33, and owning the advantage in second chance points, 19-4, Alabama's three-straight field goals down the stretch put the Tide over the top. ESPN's Joe Lunardi still has the Aggies listed as a 7-seed in the tournament but there are bound to be ample changes to the projected bracket with conference tournaments underway.
Now it's on to Auburn for Alabama, a rivalry game with big stakes.