Jan. 6, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The women's basketball team dropped its Southeastern Conference home opener to No. 6 Kentucky, 87-70, on Sunday at Foster Auditorium. The loss brings the Crimson Tide to 10-5 overall and 0-2 in the league while the Wildcats improve to 14-1 on the season and 2-0 in the SEC.
"This was a tough game against one of the top teams in the country," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "I thought we gave good effort, but we didn't shoot the ball very well. When you're playing a good team you have to make everything happen. Everything has to count. You cannot take a break."
Alabama was led in scoring by senior Meghan Perkins, who chipped in 18 points and a team-high six rebounds. She was followed by junior Shafontaye Myers with 17 points. Sophomore Daisha Simmons added a game-high five assists in addition to nine points, five rebounds and one steal. Kentucky had a pair of players finish with double-doubles as junior DeNesha Stallworth had 19 points and 10 rebounds while junior Samarie Walker chipped in 15 points and 13 boards.
Junior Jasmine Robinson knocked down a jumper on the Tide's first possession to give Alabama the early edge. Over the next 90 seconds there were two ties and three lead changes with the Wildcats eventually taking the 5-4 advantage at the 18:07 mark. Kentucky would gradually build on its lead and use a 16-4 run midway through the half to go up 25-13 with 5:33 to go. The Tide would cut the Wildcat lead to four behind a 15-7 run; however Kentucky added three unanswered points before the break to lead 35-28 at halftime.
Alabama started the second on a 5-2 run, but a three-pointer for Wildcat senior A'dia Mathies on the next possession brought it back out to a seven-point advantage. Kentucky led by double digits briefly, but six straight points for the Tide cut the Wildcat lead to four, 47-43, with 15:04 to go. From there, Kentucky would go on an 11-3 run over the next five minutes to take a 12-point advantage, its largest of the game to that point. The Wildcats went on to lead by as many as 22 down the stretch.
For the game, Kentucky shot 40.0 percent (28-70) while Alabama was 39.7 percent (23-58) from the floor. The Wildcats out-rebounded the Tide, 54-30, and took advantage of their trips to the free throw line hitting 23-of-27 attempts compared to Alabama's 17-of-28 tries.
Next up, Alabama hosts No. 10 Georgia on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on CSS.