Jan. 2, 2011
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A career-day by senior Tierney Jenkins was not enough as the Alabama women's basketball team (11-3, 0-1 SEC) fell to in-state rival Auburn (8-6, 1-0) by a score of 66-55 in both team's Southeastern Conference opener Sunday afternoon in Coleman Coliseum. It marked Alabama's first home loss of the season.
"You have to give Auburn credit," Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson said. "They did a good job on defense, taking us out of some of the things we wanted to do, but we also missed a lot of shots we make in practice. I like the fact we took 71 shots, no question. I like shooting the basketball a lot, but when we have a shooting night like this, it is easy to see why the game went the way it did."
Jenkins scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, leading the game in both categories on the way to her 11th double-double of the season, a total that leads the nation.
"We play next at Tennessee and LSU and those are both tough games, so we can't get our heads down if we want to come out and win those games," Jenkins said of the loss. "When we come back to practice we will talk about what we did wrong, but we need to focus on Tennessee."
Jenkins was the lone Tide scorer in double figures. Crimson Tide freshman Kaneisha Horn came away with 11 rebounds. Jordan Greenleaf led the way for the Tigers with 19 points.
The lead see-sawed back and forth in the first period with the Tigers taking a slim three-point lead into halftime, 28-25. Auburn started pulling away as soon as the second half got underway, leading by as many as 18 points in the second half shooting 54 percent, while Alabama shot just 25 percent from the field in the second half. The Tide did mount a furious comeback over the last three minutes, pulling to within six with just over a minute left, but could get no closer.
Alabama returns to action Thursday, Jan. 6, in Knoxville, Tenn. against the No. 6 Tennessee Lady Volunteers.