Jan. 6, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The women's basketball team suffered its fourth loss of the season falling 110-45 on Thursday night at Tennessee in Thompson-Boling Arena. The Crimson Tide now stands at 11-4 overall and 0-2 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Lady Volunteers improve to 14-2 on the season and 2-0 in league action.
"We played a really good basketball team tonight," Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson said. "We know the problems they present as a team. We got off to a bad start, and they got off to a great start. I thought we competed and hustled, but we did not make the shots."
Senior Tierney Jenkins led Alabama in scoring with 11 points and also tallied seven rebounds. She was followed by freshman Jasmine Robinson, who added 10 points.
Poor shooting hurt the Tide as it connected on only 16 of its 82 attempts (19.5 percent), while the Lady Vols went 35-for-66 from the floor (53.0 percent). In addition, Tennessee was 50.0 percent percent from beyond the three point line hitting nine of its 18 shots from long range. The Lady Vols also capitalized from the free throw line going 31-for-37 (83.8 percent).
Alabama's offensive struggles started early as the Tide went 1-for-12 through the first eight minutes of the game. During that stretch, the Lady Vols racked up 24 points to take a 24-3 advantage. The Tide hit its next 5-of-7 from the floor, but Tennessee continued to dominate outscoring Alabama 34-19 to end the half.
It was much of the same in the second half for the Tide as it hit just seven shots compared to the Lady Vols' 16 made baskets. Tennessee led by as many as 67 in the contest.
Alabama returns to action Sunday, Jan. 9, in Baton Rouge, La., when it takes on the LSU Lady Tigers at 2 p.m. CT.