Tennessee led most of the game but saw Alabama take its first lead since the opening minutes at 59-58. Jordan Lewis’ basket was the Crimson Tide’s third 3-pointer in four possessions.
Rae Burrell was fouled on a drive to the basket and made two free throws, putting the Lady Vols back up 62-61. Cierra Johnson answered with two free throws at the other end for Alabama, and Tennessee struggled to set up a play without a timeout until Davis’ high-arching, step-back 30-footer zipped through the net.
Freshman Jordan Horston scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds and Davis finished with 16 points and nine boards for Tennessee (15-3, 5-1 Southeastern Conference).
Tamari Key had six of the Lady Vols’ 13 blocked shots and nabbed a team-best 10 rebounds. Kellie Harper won the 300th game of her 16-year head coaching career.
The Lady Vols outrebounded the Tide 45-31. They have beat 16 of 18 opponents on the boards and rank second nationally in rebounding margin at plus-15.4.
Lewis scored 17 points and Jasmine Walker had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Alabama (11-7, 1-4).
The Lady Vols renew their rivalry with Connecticut on Thursday. Tipoff between Tennessee and the No. 3 Huskies (16-1) is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The teams haven’t met since 2007 when Pat Summit was the coach of the Lady Vols.